Thursday, December 20, 2012

Culture and Lab Results Are In

We have mixed news this time, and probably won't have answers on a couple things for a bit.  First, the good: Judith's blood work mostly looks good, and her chest x-ray is normal (something Dr. G. is very pleased with).  Somehow the lab forgot to check her vitamin D levels, so we'll have to get that checked the next time she has blood work done.  It's not a crucial thing and can wait.

The bad news: her liver levels are elevated for the 2nd time in a row, so Dr. G. wants her to have an abdominal ultrasound to check things out and to get a baseline.  We'll run that test sometime before her next appointment, so we'll have to wait to find out more information and to get an idea of what's going on in there.

Throat cultures weren't as good this time.  She had 2 clean cultures since her first pseudomonas infection last April.  I was really hoping for a 3rd clean culture, but luck was not on our side.  Her lungs are culturing MRSA, so we're going to do a round of bactrum and see if it can eradicate it.  The nurse coordinator explained that, just like with the pseudos, they want to try to catch and treat a MRSA infection quickly so it doesn't become a more serious issue and so they can reduce the amount of potential damage it can do to the lungs.  I did give her a head's up about Judith's 2 MRSA infections in the abscesses over the summer, just in case they wanted to move to a stronger antibiotic.  Since the cultures for the lungs are slightly different than the skin cultures, she said they can still try the bactrum and take it from there.  One good point we discovered from the culture is she is still pseudo-free, so at least we don't have to worry about that on top of the MRSA.

I hate that when it seems like she's doing well, something else crops up to slap us back into reality.  It's frustrating.

1 comment:

  1. I am sorry you didn't get all good news and I hope that you get some good news and answers soon, that whatever is going on isn't too big of deal and easily treatable.

    Praying for all three of you.