Good-bye 2006!

Dismal December just won’t quit for us at the Roundrock family household.

For those of you following my exhaustive (and exhausting) saga, let me tell you that Libby is still in the hospital. The doctors have failed to get her blood thinners at the proper dosage, and now it looks like it may be another four days.

One little bit of good news has been tempered by one little bit of bad news. The good news is that Libby has finally managed to stop using the oxygen. Her blood saturation levels were able to sustain themselves above 90 percent, so she’s dispensed with the cannula line that was drying out her nose.

The bad news is that she has been moved to a private room because she has developed an intestinal infection from Clostridium dificile difficile. This is a type of bacteria that is common in the human gut, and in normal circumstances, the “good” bacteria are able to keep this “bad” stuff under control. Sadly, she is not under normal circumstances, and the “c diff” has bloomed in her intestines. This is easily treated, and it should pose no threat to her or her prospects for getting out of the hospital. But as long as she has this infection, she is more or less a threat to any roommate she has (and she has had a parade of roommates over the past week). Thus the private room.

Libby is not in any medical danger. Her heart is recovering nicely. Her medicine levels will get established, and the daily blood tests are showing regular, if slow, progress. And this intestinal infection should be whipped shortly.

But it’s just one more damned thing!


My thanks go to all of you who have sent emails or left comments with your well wishes. I’m really grateful for all of them, and I pass them along to Libby each day when I see her.

If you haven’t seen me commenting on your sites as much lately, well, I suppose you can guess why. This kind of trouble can really wear a fellow out, and I’m not even the sick one. But Libby has long since turned the corner and is out of danger, so all we really need now is endurance so we can get back to some semblance of our regular lives.

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13 Responses to “Good-bye 2006!”

  1. Wayne Says:

    Pablo – I’m sorry to hear about the continuing appearance of things that need to be fine-tuned, but glad to hear that the major item – the heart – is healing well. Best wishes to you and Libby and your kids for a much improved January 2007!

  2. Joseph Duemer Says:

    Thanks for the update. I’m thinking of you & Libby.

  3. swamp4me Says:

    I’m glad to hear that Libby is showing improvement, but I know how frustrating it must be for you both that she is still in the hospital. Here’s to hoping 2007 will bring you brighter days.

  4. Jewell Says:

    Glad to hear Libby is improving. I was wondering how she was doing. Thanks for the update.

  5. roger Says:

    take good care of yourself too, caretaker. we join your other intertubes fans with our good wishes for your family.

  6. robin andrea Says:

    Thinking of you and LIbby, and hoping that she is home in a few days, surrounded by family, love, and the familiar things that bring the most comfort. If I lived close by, I’d bring you some homemade soup, but these well wishes from afar will have to suffice.

    Happy New Year, pablo. Please send Libby our best.

  7. bev Says:

    Thanks for the update. Sorry to hear about this latest setback. I know how disappointing it can be to be told you have to stay in the hospital for “a few more days” — boo hiss. I hope that Libby will soon be able to return home, and that 2007 will be a much better year. Take care.

  8. Florida Cracker Says:

    Thank you for letting us know how she’s doing. I’m sorry she’s stuck in the hospital still, but I’m glad it’s manageable. All the best to your family Pablo and I will still wish you a happy new year because, I know you are ready to move on from 2006.
    Take good care of her and of you too.

  9. Deb Says:

    Wishing you and Libby and family good health and plenty of Roundrock visits in 2007!

  10. edifice rex Says:

    Well, hang in there Pablo; I have been through similar times myself when it seems like it’s just one darned thing after another, so I know how frustrating it is. We are all thinking about you and Libby and wish your whole family the best for 2007.

  11. bill Says:

    Oh, I thought she was already home. Tell her to get well soon.

  12. Tjilpi Says:

    Pablo, we both know we have had our differences in the past about spelling and grammar. This time I just couldn’t go by your spelling of Clostridium difficile. You got it right with C diff; but not in italic version. I know, I know – I shouldn’t hit a fellow when he is down – but then I am a rascal!

    Seriously though, has Libbby been taking drugs for reflux etc? The Proton Pump Inhibitors, for example, Losec and its hangers on, and the H2-receptor blockers, Zantac and its ilk have recently been recognized as a cause for overgrowth of C. difficile.

    Hey, and by the way. Happy New Year. It happened here eleven and a quarter hours ago.

    C. diff is usually a problem after long term use of multiple broad spectrum antibiotics, but I wouldn’t imagine that that would have been the case for Libby’s surgery.

  13. Dave Says:

    Getting a room to hereself in a hospital doesn’t sound like such a bad thing! I hope the New Year brings rapid healing for here and happiness for you both.

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