All that effort might have caused an afternoon fever to return, according to Dr. Kronowitz’s physician’s assistant, Katherine Awalt — who we’ve seen many times and really like.
Katie (that’s what everyone calls her … plus, I don’t know how to refer to a P.A. upon second reference, so we’re calling her Katie for now) wanted to keep Jenny at the hospital today to continue evaluating her improvement.
Today, Jenny’s white blood cell count made a dramatic improvement — from 19.5 to 12. And she was more like her perky self, until the fever later in the day. She even simultaneously watched ‘Breaking Bad’ on her iPad and ‘Ellen’ on the hospital TV. She was an expert at muting the TV and/or pausing the iPad. She might be the first person in history to say out loud, “When ‘Ellen’ comes on, I want to pause ‘Breaking Bad.'” And I might be the first husband in history to say out loud, “Oh, honey, you should pause ‘Breaking Bad.’ Ellen’s on now.”
(For the record, we don’t watch ‘Breaking Bad,’ even though everyone says it’s the greatest show. She began watching old episodes in the last couple of weeks.)
Anyway, Jenny was feeling pretty good. This afternoon, Katie said that they want to keep her another day with hopes of releasing her in the morning. If the timing works out right, they can release her and we can still make her series of scans tomorrow.
Jenny is scheduled for a bone scan, a CT scan of her abdomen, chest and pelvis and an MRI of her brain. The last part — the MRI — isn’t until 8 p.m. It will be a long day, so I’ll be wheeling her around to make sure she doesn’t overdo it. She has to listen to me … no walking!
I took the second class on caring for the PICC line. Jenny went with me today. It was the third time I watched the video, because we watched it together on the hospital TV last night. So I already had fashioned my step-by-step list to change the caps, flush the lines and change the dressing.
By 1 p.m., I was ready for the test. The hardest part of it all is making sure I don’t contaminate the sterile dressing package. Putting on the sterile gloves wasn’t easy, and I made the nurse uneasy as I fumbled through that. But he showed me how to do it better than I was, so that’s good.
Other than that, I had the steps down. I passed.
We’ll get the antibiotics from the Home Care company tomorrow. They came in today and showed us how to administer the antibiotics. She also stressed the importance of going through the proper cleaning steps and not to get lax with that repetitive cleaning, etc.
It’s on my list. I will refer to it each time we do any of that stuff. Priority One is to have no more infections.