Tuesday, 11 August 2015

In Hospital

I'm in the hospital. Oddly enough, it's the same hospital I was in three years back when I was diagnosed with ALS, Foothills Hospital in Calgary. This time I am here with some sort of serious internal infection, most likely a Urinary Tract Infection. I came in by ambulance last night and the doctors have decided it is safer for me to be here rather than at home.

It all started yesterday morning. I awoke with a headache, something I attributed to my normal morning issues. After my shower and exercises, Katherine and I headed for Ikea; she wanted to pick up a few bowls and things. Then, about halfway through Ikea, I started to feel nauseous, dizzy, with even more of a headache. We headed back to the truck right away, where I noticed I had a fever.

We headed home, where I transferred to the couch and tried to rest. By about 5:00 PM. I knew that something was seriously wrong. I had a fever of 103.9 F, 39.7 C. I was shaking and becoming increasingly weak. I also noticed I was going pee about every half hour. We called the ambulance and they brought me here.

I had a very bad night last night, my body swinging wildly from overheated to chills. I spent most of the night cold shaking, calling the nursing staff for warm blankets. I've been sleeping almost constantly since I got here, that sleep regularly interrupted by some nurse taking my blood pressure or covering me with a warm blanket.

Today I am doing a bit better. I still have headache. The Tylenol and a broad spectrum antibiotic seem to have the worst of it under control. Weakness remains, as does the IV antibiotic. I suspect they will keep me in here for 4 or 5 days, or until I am past the worst of this infection.

It ain't fun.


  1. That sucks! Hope it passes quickly.

  2. Do you think maybe the infection wad caused by an extremely negligent caregiver that left you sitting wet and cold on Monday? I do, and I am a caregiver! Have her ass kicked to the curb! I'm glad you had such a good visit with your mom and Ray.

    1. You know, I never thought of that. I will mention it to the doctor.