Yesterday the hospital confirmed that Mathew’s infection is indeed a Staph infection. This is a bacteria (germ) we have on our skin and most of the time it doesn’t cause a problem. For those who are immune-compromised however, it can and does cause nasty infections.
This is what the area around Mathew’s g-tube looked like after his xmas eve “meal”. When I showed this photo to the Intervention staff on the Friday (27 Dec) they weren’t concerned because the redness had receded by then. I was concerned because the red spread out after feeding through the tube. The black thread is the stitch that caused the original problem and it was cut off a week ago Friday.
Cutting the stitch out gave Mathew immediate relief in moving around but by then the hole was already oozing a bit of yellow stuff. By the Monday it had turned nasty and green. Now that the doctors know exactly what the infection is from, Mathew’s iv antibiotic was changed to something that will kill the bug and we are relieved it looks so much better. John tells me it is still leaking a tiny bit of pus today so we don’t know if Mathew will be released from the hospital or not. Yesterday the doctor indicated he will be in for 3 more days or until he can be switched to pills rather than the iv.
Although I am delighted the infection is almost gone it had its downside… Chemo cycle 7 was administered today. Mathew was upset and became angry when he learned he’d be getting the outpatient round (also known as CAV) because it makes him so ill. He was miserable last night and I don’t know how he is doing now as I haven’t been to the hospital yet.
We did have a great New Year’s Eve (considering Mathew was in the hospital) because Mathew was in good spirits. He was chatty, walking the halls and visiting with the nurses. I did get a few pictures of our meal but first let me show you Mathew’s Christmas meal.
This is what is pushed through a syringe for one of his liquid meals. The syringe with the yellow liquid is medication he wouldn’t take by mouth, so I crushed them into a fine powder then dissolved them in water. The syringe with the water is for the flush he needs before the actual “feed” and the flush for when it is done.
Now, on to New Year’s Eve: Here is John sitting in that big ol’ hospital chair in Mathew’s room. I slept on it for one night and got a huge headache for my efforts. Look how small John looks in it!! The chair is very bulky and the rooms gets very small when more than 2 people congregate in there at any one time. When the cot is opened there is very little room to move at all.
Mathew’s bed was broken so the next two photos show him reclining in luxury (ha ha ha). The head of the bed wouldn’t lift unless we showed a nurse it was broken…then of course it worked. In the dead of night the nurses switched beds so now Mathew has one that moves up and down and reclines as it is supposed to. Kristen and Mathew were playing an electronic game of “Life”.
I brought Chinese Food for us to eat and afterwards, bellies full, the three of them gathered for a New Year’s photo. All of these photos were taken with my iPhone so the quality is a little lacking however the moment is captured.
Now we have a blowing snow warning but have escaped the blizzard warning that hit Nova Scotia. Is this the beginning of a brutal winter? Oh I hope not! Mathew is scheduled to start radiation in a few weeks and that will entail daily radiation appointments throughout February and March. As our trees are still enshrouded with ice and some unlucky homes are STILL without power (9 days and counting) let’s hope the wind doesn’t knock down any more limbs and power lines.