And So It Goes…

X-ray Lab

WARNING: Photos of the mister’s dialysis fistula appear further down in this post. They’re not gory, but they’re not “cute” either.

After EKGs, ultrasounds, CT scans, x-rays, a heart cath, an MRI, doses of Dilaudid, Vicodin, Demerol, Oxycontin, and Fentanyl, an angiogram, a vasc-cath and then a tunnel cath, and a consult from the CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL, the mister was discharged Friday evening.

Only to land back in the ER the very next day! Overly dramatic eye roll!

What began as a case of pneumonia… which blindsided us, and added a side of sepsis… which confused us, took a turn on Day 3 when the mister’s pain -centered in his neck and back- still had not been been stopped OR controlled. Blood work taken for cultures on Day 1 came back positive for Methicillin Sensitive Staphylococcus aureus or MSSA.

No doubt, many of you have heard of this evil little infection that arrives and festers silently then reveals itself is a big way. In the mister’s case it was through pneumonia and a body temp of 103.2 degrees.

Why the CDC? Because once MSSA takes hold, it will spread… fast.

It’s spread by skin-to-skin contact, or by those living/working in close quarters and sharing contaminated items. It’s not uncommon for MSSA outbreaks to be reported among sports teams, the military, prisons and medical facilities.

The only “group” connection the mister currently has is the… dialysis center.

The same dialysis center I’ve been at odds with over the care and treatment of the mister’s dialysis fistula. There are twenty-seven other renal patients in the mister’s weekly dialysis rotation. Nineteen of them also have forearm fistulas, and none of them look like this.

While doctors would not go as far as to say the dialysis center was the source of the infection… for obvious legal reasons, they did confirm the fistula was how the infection entered the mister’s body. (And there is an ongoing investigation.)

After an assortment of scans, the fistula was deemed no longer viable. But a renal patient needs dialysis, so a temporary vascular catheter was put… in the mister’s neck… again!

Dialysis Tunnel Catheter

This was used the duration of his hospital stay, but before he was discharged, it was replaced by a chest (tunneled) catheter.

Dialysis chest catheter

The chest catheter is a temporary port, and a new fistula will have to be implanted…in the upper arm. The mister is not happy about this and wants to keep the chest port. HOWEVER, we’re told…again, this is not possible because of the risks of infection.

The Gong of Irony sounds in the distance.

But… Isn’t that why…er, he has an…-nevermind.

I have my mister back at home, but this debacle is far from over. After six weeks of mega doses of antibiotics, new scans have to be done to make sure the MSSA is dying or gone. Yes, he still has it, he’s just no longer a threat to public health. I love saying that to him! The dialysis center on the other hand, I’m not so sure about. We’ll see.

Surgery also needs to be scheduled for the new fistula, provided the mister hasn’t run away by then. It will be an interesting summer in Tucson. I might actually get a book published amid the chaos and tomfoolery.

MANY, MANY thanks for the prayers, well wishes, and support extended to the mister and me. They mean more than you can imagine.


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  1. #1 by The Narrow Bamboo Gate on April 17, 2017 - 10:46 am

    I will keep praying for him. I also pray for you. Caregivers need strength also …

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  2. #3 by Anna Adler on April 17, 2017 - 11:02 am

    Thank you for the update! I’m so glad your husband is back home, but it’s scary what you both have to go through. Felicia, you’re awesome!

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    • #4 by Felicia Denise on April 18, 2017 - 7:52 am

      Can’t say we ever get bored around here, Anna – a little boredom might do us some good! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for thinking of us and stopping by. πŸ˜‰


  3. #5 by cyranny on April 17, 2017 - 11:03 am

    Sorry to read all this Felicia… I don’t have eough time to keep up to date with the many great bloggers I follow, and I didn’t know about your Mister’s condition… My warmest thoughts are with you… *Hugs*

    And thank you for the warning about the pictures… I have a little trouble looking at that kind of things, but I did read everything before and after πŸ˜‰

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    • #6 by Felicia Denise on April 18, 2017 - 7:54 am

      It is impossible for us to keep up with every post, Cyr, but we check on each other… and that is always appreciated! ❀

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      • #7 by cyranny on April 18, 2017 - 4:38 pm

        The appreciation goes both ways, Felicia πŸ™‚ xx


  4. #8 by susandyer1962 on April 17, 2017 - 11:04 am

    Omg!! This is just horrible! Your poor husband!! Hang in there! I’m praying for you both!

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  5. #10 by By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff on April 17, 2017 - 12:56 pm

    oh God! It does just keep getting better and better. I’m so sorry for what both of you are going through Felicia. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.

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    • #11 by Felicia Denise on April 18, 2017 - 7:59 am

      Nothing left to do now Kim except 1) join the circus; 2) be abducted and “probed” by aliens; 3) Have a BigFoot or Elvis sighting. Guess which one I choose? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Thanks for stopping by and your continued prayers! ❀

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  6. #13 by kphoenix1 on April 18, 2017 - 5:21 pm

    Prayers up for you and your husband. You guys will make it through this. Strength, love, and light to you two. ❀❇

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  7. #16 by K E Garland on May 12, 2017 - 2:50 pm

    Sheesh! I hate to hear that you and he had to go through all of this. I’m glad to hear everything’s back to “normal” though. So, is there another dialysis center in the area or do you have to continue going to that one?

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    • #17 by Felicia Denise on May 13, 2017 - 1:46 pm

      While there are several here, the others are quite far away… and this one’s only six minutes away. But it’s gotten MUCH better since they know I’m not the only one with EYES on them. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for stopping by!

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