Sunday, February 08, 2009

Bedside blogging

Some of you will know that I had a heart transplant about five years ago. That operation and its sequels have all been according to plan so far and I have nothing much to complain about. Life goes on much as usual - only you appreciate it more.

However, everything comes at a price. All patients that has had a transplant must be on heavy, life-long medication that suppresses the immune system to avoid a host-versus graft rejection. That also leaves one open to infections. Infections that are innocuous in you might be life-threatening to me.

I was hit by such an infection last week. The temperature started to rise Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday night it reached 39.5 degrees C - and still rising. Time for an ambulance. For us this is hospital-work only. As it is, we live a 20 minutes drive away from one of Norway largest hospitals. An important consideration for patients like us.

So now I am having two different kinds of iv. antibiotics, the fever is gone but the actual bacterium that caused the infection will not be known until tomorrow when the results of the growth-specimens are ready.

The weather outside is extremely beautiful and excellent for photography - I'll just have to avoid looking out. However, I include a picture ("Always carry a camera!") I snapped lying in bed and waiting for a new test at the ER Thursday night. The plastic bag contained Ringer's solution (a fancy form of salt water) - on its way into my arm . Not too bad for a person in high fever?

28 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

Yes, I knew you had a heart transplant but no longer remember how I found out.

I wish you continued success with the new heart and I don't know what to tell you about getting infections. They are such ordinary things that most of us don't pay them much attention. It is only when something like heart transplants and the immune system and infections all get together that the trouble starts.

I am on a chemo therapy drug that messes with my immune system too but probably not in such a big way as it does in your situation. But I do have to be careful and get to the doctor when I get or catch something.

Take care of yourself. Get well and tomorrow you will be back out there in the sunshine snapping away.

Anne-Berit said...

Dette hørtes ikke bra ut,håper det går bra med deg og at infeksjonen slipper taket.God bedring,Rune!

Michele said...

Yep, I knew about the heart transplant. I have been your blogging buddy for quite some time.
I'm sorry to hear about your set back.... bah.
I hate IV's but then I don't know when they can actually get them in. They try at least 2-3 times a month... it hurts.
I hope all goes well with you and things get back to normal and you can get back out there snapping photos ....
Keep us updated!
Hugs♥

RuneK said...

De beste ønsker fra Drammen til deg Rune. Håper formen kommer seg raskt. God bedring!

Ann said...

RuneE you take care of yourself and get better soon ! we miss you

richies said...

A true photographer! There is always something to photograph. I hope you are out of there soon, and taking wonderful photos outdoors.

An Arkies Musings

Malyss said...

Keeping your camera with you everywhere means you're someone strong and optimistic, even if you don't realize it.Your body will feel that , and do its best to go better.
Take that time in the hospital as a time of rest and reflexion, to choose where you'll be going for your next stroll, think of what kind of pictures you'd like to do, and, most of all, think about the blogfriends that are impatient to see your next shots.
I know you'll soon be OK.
Friendly yours!

Jeni said...

I wasn't aware of the heart transplant but I do know about the need to take the heavy-duty drugs forever after having had one. Just one of those trade-offs one must make to keep rolling along, isn't it?
The infections and dangers they bring to a patient who system is considered "Compromised" -yeah, as a cancer survivor, I know all about that too. Just happy to learn that you are getting those important meds and will soon be back, full-steam ahead, with lots of new and exciting pictures from your strolls. Peace.

Katney said...

Get well and stay well, RuneE. My camera is always with me--I feel naked without it, but I probably would have missed that particular shot if it were me.

raf said...

Good to hear the seas have come down and you're steady at the helm, Rune.
And to see you always have your trusty camera near at hand. :)

GAWO said...

Vet du Rune, jeg fryktet at noe hadde skjedd fordi det var så uvanlig stille på bloggen din. Men at det var så ille som dette tenkte jeg ikke på. Nå håper jeg at du kommer deg fort og slipper ut av sykehuset og ut i solen. Du får trøste deg med at det er rimelig kaldt ute sånn at det er bra å være inne selv om solen skinner.
Må flire litt opp i det hele. Tenk at du har kamera med deg. :-) Bildet er krystallklart.
Jeg sender god bedring hilsen til deg og en god klem i samme sending.

detroit dog said...

Rune, I am glad you are feeling better, but sorry that you are in hospital.

Ahh, those drugs! I have lupus and was on steroids for 10 years. Fortunately, I've been off them for 10 years now. But all those little things to watch for....

Wishing you the best! And I'm glad you have your camera with you to document.

-- Veronica

Sepiru Chris said...

Sending wishes for your camera and you to be outdoors quickly, both looking for more excitement, safely. Get well soon.

PERBS said...

Well, that's a heck of a way to get attention! Ü I couldn't get this to open to post earlier so sent you an email.

I can't believe they let you take yoru camera and use it in the hospital! I would have thought that sort of thing was banned. Cell phones are. . . of course, I am not implying that your neat camera is a cell phone. . . Ü

It was great to ehar from you tho -- I was getting worried. Take care and hope to see you bloging regularly soon, real soon!

Lew said...

I hope the Docs identify the bug soon and zap it. Get well soon!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

of course, i am going to wish you all the best for a speedy recovery

and i am so happy that even from your bedside, you can share this event in your life with us

Pernille said...

Stå på Rune og bli kvitt infeksjonen. Vi vil ha deg frisk og raskt på beina igjen! Krysser fingrene for deg, Arne og Truls!

Ha en riktig god bedring!

Klem fra Pernille:)

PS: Godt å se at du har kameraet med deg. For da gir du oss et håp om at du ikke er sååååå kjempesyk at vi trenger å bli redd:) Vakkert og knivskarpt fotografert som alltid:)

Babooshka said...

I didn't know. My mom has just had a pacemaker fitted. Take care Rune. This is above and beyond the call of duty to be posting on your blog. I ban you from vitsiing until you are 100% better.

Ferreira-Pinto said...

I wish you all the best and that you may recover very quickly.

Kerri said...

Wishing you a Speedy Recovery!!

Petunia said...

Jeg føler meg som en liten pyse sammenlignet med deg (etter mitt innlegg i dag). Jeg sender deg gode "bli frisk" tanker og ønsker og jeg savnet deg på SWF i forrige uke.
Klem:)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Hope you feel better soon. I'm glad you are only minutes away from help when you need it. There will be plenty of good weather ahead for taking photos. YAY, spring!

Kate said...

Oh, my goodness, my first bit of information about your medical history, and I, as well as all your other well-wishes, hope and want the best for you. It definitely is a trade-off, but how wonderful to be able to enjoy the gift of life after such serious surgery. I shall continue to check back to monitor your progress, sending all the good energy to you that I can muster. PS The photo is also remarkable!

Dick said...

Yes I do know you've had that, get well soon. I like the photo.

imac said...

Sorry to hear that you ended up in hospital Rune, hope that by now you are out and on the mend, and they are now counteracting the bug.

Taking a camera to hospital, my what a dedicated photographer you are my friend.

Get well soon, and rest well.

photowannabe said...

So sorry to hear about all the complications and send my good thoughts and prayers your way for a speedy recovery and that the doctors will find out what the infection is from.

Reader Wil said...

Hi Rune, I am so sorry to hear that you are in hospital. I thought that there was something wrong, because you were always one of the first to comment on the photos and give me advice. So I missed you. I sincerely hope that you soon will recover.

Barbara Martin said...

I understand your day to day trials with medicine as I have been on blood thinners for DVT for the past nine years. When I saw the photo I knew why you'd been absent from my blog with your cheery comments. I'm sending good thoughts and prayers your way for a good recovery.