A stay in the hospital

The view out of my hospital room

About a week ago I began to get a low grade fever (less than 100.7). In addition, my oxygen saturation dropped below 95, though never lower than 90. I called my pulmonologist reporting what I was dealing with.

A couple of days later his office called, and I reported the same conditions. The doctor said it was time for me to go the the ER and “get evaluated”.  So Sher and I headed to the ER.

Long story short, after tons of tests, blood work, X-Rays and a CAT scan they finally figured out I had lactic acidosis and pneumonia in my lower left lung. They admitted me of course.  I had two bags of antibiotics by IV after they admitted me. I spent the night, not getting much sleep at all. They love to wake you up in the middle of the night to “check your vitals”.

I ended up spending two days and one night in the hospital. My oxygen saturation was over 95, and I did not have a fever anymore, so they let out in the afternoon of the second day. I’ll have to see my GP soon, and they sent me home with some more antibiotics to take. Hospital stays are no fun, but thankfully they were able to find out what was wrong, and then treat it.

101 thoughts on “A stay in the hospital

  1. Glad you are on the mend. It is true, hospital stay are no fun, but good to be able to get help when you need it. I remember fondly the wake up to check vitals and draw more blood. I was beginning to think there was a thirsty vampire somewhere waiting for the blood.

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  2. The lactic acidosis does not sound good. Hopefully you we simply overdoing it without knowing you had pneumonia. At least you are back home. Hospitals are scary places, especially these days. I’m hoping they find no other issues when you do your followups.

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  3. I’m glad to read that you were listened to, respected, diagnosed, and treated!! And not in the US, where your 2-day stay and tests would be several thousand dollars after insurance!!

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  4. Glad you had a short stay!

    I have a dialysis fistula on the upper right arm. Though I wear a wrist band that indicates no blood pressure checks or shots are to be given in that arm, during one hospital stay, I woke up just in time to stop a blood pressure check the night nurse was taking on that arm! (I have to sleep on my left side because of the fistula, so that was the available arm.)

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