Today was a much better day. My cold is still nagging me, but I managed to get Harvey to his first clinic. After doing labs and meeting with the team, they took him off his current anti-biotic and put him on two others (he was having tendon pain). They also ordered a chest x-ray due to his upper respiratory congestion.
His wound is still draining just below the breast bone. The surgeon came in and removed the staples, then decided to "probe" the wound. I honestly wasn't expecting what happened next. He plunged the large q-tip into the wound and about an inch of it disappeared. Then he began packing it with gauze ((( ))). He turned to me and said, "Have you ever packed a wound?" I said, "No, but I think you just put me through the crash course!" He wants me to clean and repack it at least twice a day so it can heal from the inside. Well, by the time we got home, his dressing was soaking through his shirt. I decided to go ahead and repack it, but I didn't miss the opportunity to gross out my Sister-In-Law! She thinks she is tough, but when I pulled out the gauze and asked her if she wanted to see Harvey's diaphram, she rushed out of the room! Ha! Ha! Hey, ya gotta have a sense of humor about this stuff!
An RN called this evening to verify that he had not taken his meds prior to the lab work . . . he had not. With that, they ordered me to skip his ProGraf this evening and give him two 4mg doses tomorrow. The also stopped the Diflucan (this interacts with ProGraf to make it more potent). They prescribed 500mg of aspirin and 400mg of magnesium. Instead of taking the Septra every day, they want him to take it 3 times a week. I'm glad they are reducing his ProGraf, but since they originally prescribed ProGraf in 1mg and 5mg pills, I'm going to have to have them write another script for the 1mg so I can give him 4 twice a day. Aspirin comes in 325mg and 81mg. I guess I'll give him 1 and a half 325mg + 162mg = 487.5mg. The magnesium comes in 250mg, he needs 400mg, so I'll give him 1 and 3/4 tabs for 250mg + 188mg = 438mg. . . . close enough?
Hope all is well with each of you. You are forever in my thoughts and prayers. I will continue to wish you all good fortune and I will keep you posted on Harvey's progress.