March 8th, 2006

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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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Ericka update

Went in to work for a few hours this morning for a meeting with an outside vendor last week. Meeting went well and then came home, ate and slept as I didn't have much of either last night. Got a little work done and went out to see Ericka.

She's doing much better, but one would expect that on the massive amounts of medication they are having her take. She normally takes 13 mg of prednisone a day. Wednesday, she had 120 mg. Thursday they're taking her down to 80 mg. She is getting nebulizer treatments for albuterol and another drug (a method of making drugs inhaled as a cool mist) every three to six hours where she'll normally do that at home once or maybe twice a day.

I was just telling minnehaha K in reply to a comment earlier that this level of medication would normally have her dancing a jig in the street while baking cookies for all those nice kids as the U. All 40,000 of them. That it has her resting comfortably, quite talkative, and only a little out of breath on trips to the bathroom is indicative of how poorly she's been breathing.

So she'll be there for a few days at least and we've come up with some objective measures of when she'll be able to come home. She's arguing for more liberal guidelines, which is a good sign, but has agreed that they are pretty good as is.

I'll be at work a full day tomorrow but plan on going out to visit her tomorrow night and will update again.

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