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March 8th, 2006


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08:20 am - Long night
Ericka has had a pretty bad bronchial infection. When I came home from work last night, I informed her that I was giving her two more days to show some improvement and then I was taking her to the hospital. Usually this invokes a long discussion about how she doesn't need to go and really hates hospitals and so on.

Last night, she suggested that maybe we shouldn't wait.

So in to the ER we went. We waited, got moved, waited some more, got some treatment, had some tests. She most likely doesn't have influenza. (They have a test for that now. Cool.) She doesn't have pneumonia. She is going to stay in the hospital for a few days, largely because that way she'll have 24-hour nursing care.

She's in St. John's hospital in Maplewood. She's stayed there before for other issues and they treat her really well. She's on massive doses of steroids and receiving albuteral by nebulizer every three hours or so. This means that she'll be all wound up and restless when she is not utterly exhausted. I'm sure she would appreciate visitors or calls if you are so inclined. She's in room 430.

I got home at 3:00 a.m., have finished my morning routine and am now off to work. About an hour later than usual and I'd probably still be asleep if I didn't have a meeting with someone outside the company this morning. I'll probably make a short day of it since my most pressing task is writing up some documentation and I can do that from home.
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From:ktynes
Date:March 8th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)

Oh no...

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I am so sorry for Erica.
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From:jbru
Date:March 8th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Oh no...

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It's looking like it won't be too bad. After being in the ER/Admissions for a few hours and getting regular treatments, she was showing some improvement. I'm thinking that having the extra support for her system available will mean the anti-biotics can do their work.

Thank you for your kind thoughts.
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From:joelrosenberg
Date:March 8th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)

Please...

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... give her my best; I'll try to call her later.
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From:jbru
Date:March 8th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Please...

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I certainly will. She'll be thrilled to hear from you. She was talking about getting a Utah permit as a show of political support.
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From:joelrosenberg
Date:March 8th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)

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Argh. I had trouble getting through. Could you email me her room number?
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From:jbru
Date:March 8th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)

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She's in room 430.
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From:dreamsewing
Date:March 8th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Give her a soft pet and kiss from me. (and one for your self too.)
Maybe it's just the Ice table melt mold allergies or sumthin'
Hope she comes home soon. Is your new job good and understanding?
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From:jbru
Date:March 8th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, thank you. We're pretty sure it's bacterial, so hopefully, with the additional support, the drugs and her system will kick their little bacterial butts.

The new job is being understanding. Had my meeting this morning, mailed myself a couple of files and am now home. The thing I'm working on is mostly me pounding away at a requirements document kind of thing, so being here shouldn't affect that too much.

I'll be going out to see herself a little later and will probably bring the laptop along. Who knows, maybe the hospital has WiFi....
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From:arielmn
Date:March 9th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
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Gosh if I walked in, she wouldn't know who I was. BUT Ericka and you are both in my thoughts!

It is a awful long way for me to travel during the week!
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From:jbru
Date:March 9th, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
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Thanks. And if you walked in and told her you were married to one of my gaming friends, she'd treat you like family. That's just how she is.
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From:porphyrin
Date:March 9th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
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Ugh. It's never easy being in the hospital. Give her good wishes from the Household of Chaos?
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From:jbru
Date:March 9th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
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I certainly will.
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From:minnehaha
Date:March 9th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
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How's she doing now?

K.
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From:jbru
Date:March 9th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
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Much better. Of course she's on 120 mg of prednisone, is getting nebulizer treatments ever 3-6 hours and is getting three liters of oxygen per minute (or is it hour? I forget) on top of all of her regular medications and the anti-biotics. If she was doing "normally" this combination of treatments would have her dancing jigs in the street while baking cookies for all those nice kids at the U. As it is, she's still getting out of breath going from hospital bed to bathroom.

I've told her she needs to have blood oxygen readings in the 90s while on room air and be able to ambulate further without getting out of breath before she can come home. (The distance from her bed to the bathroom is further at home than in the hospital where they're basically in the same room.) She's compaining about this, which is a good sign, but agrees those are reasonable measures of her ability to leave the hospital.

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