My turn to Blog. Although Shana is still with me, Devree and I have been doing the routine so that I can learn my new job.
One of my assignments for today is to do the Blog. However, today was a little difficult because of all the excitement. Devree has a 103 degree fever and we have been going through the process of getting admitted to the hospital. I thought I would share my experience with all of you. Devree and Shana have been through all of this, but I thought I would share my perspective.
*** Everything is new! ***
Ruth (Nurse) met us and got Devree a room and took her vitals and blood. Then Franja (Nurse) came to help Ruth get the IV going and get all the materials to start anti-biotics. In the middle of all the preparations Dr. Richard (Really a Physician’s Assistant) came in to ask questions to make sure that there wasn’t anything extra going on in addition to her fever. Then Lee, Devree’s Nurse Practitioner came in to check on her, and then Dr. Heartford (The Attending Physician) came in to actually do all the in depth testing.
In the middle of all the flurry of activity, Devree had an attack of vomiting. I call it an attack because… Well, you and I… We hate to throw-up, but we do it and we are just done. It is way different for poor Devree. She hasn’t been eating anything so she threw-up about ½ cup of stomach juices. Then her poor body continues to try to bring up contents of her empty stomach. The attack is over when she runs out of energy. Then she has a listless expression on her face, and she is wishing to sleep until she can wake up and feel better.
On the positive side, I think we have found the magic combination of anti-nausea drugs. We call it our anti-nausea cocktail. The side effect is that it knocks Devree out cold for about 2 hours. When she wakes up, there is no nausea and Devree can read her book or watch a movie.
Anti-nausea Cocktail Recipe:
Note: Devree loves the side effect of sleeping for 2 hours.
Signing off for now.
Todd/Shana & Devree