Vernon was sent to the ER at Hoag from Dialysis this morning when his temperature and heart rate both shot up. He had been nauseous and had a high heart rate yesterday too, and the doctor was hoping to look at him today after Vernon’s appointment. He’s been acting confused all week. But then, that isn’t necessarily a sign of anything new with Vernon. It just made me sad because it seemed he was disappearing again.
Once at the hospital, it was quickly confirmed that he does have Sepsis, though as of yet, they haven’t found the source. In the meantime, he has been placed in the Neuro ICU for treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics to fight the infection. I was told by the nurse there that he’d be there for ten days, but since then, Dr. Hong has called to inform me that his vitals have already improved and that he’ll likely be moved to another unit soon. Maybe the nurse meant that Vernon might receive treatment for ten days. It’s all still up in the air until they find the source of infection, I suppose.
I know people have been sending up their prayers. I can feel them! I was very concerned about this visit. The word SEPSIS alone frightens me as I know how serious it can be. The last time Vernon experienced it, he lost his ability to swallow/eat/drink, and it took months to recover mentally. But now I am feeling positive and hopeful, actually for the first time in the past two weeks. He’s in the best place for him now. I hope they uncover and solve this issue…and some other medical mysteries, while they are at it.