Friday, April 24, 2015
Phil is still very sick
Yesterday Phil's blood work showed some improvement—the most important number rose from 100 to 330. We were so excited! But today it dropped to 200. Since Phil can't go home until it's at least 500, that's a disappointment.
Phil's temperature has stayed below 100 degrees for 24 hours, but it's still around 99 degrees.
Today they’re switching Phil from the IV antibiotic, to an oral antibiotic to see how he does. We're praying that it works and he doesn't spike a fever.
Phil’s illness has been respiratory. He has a bad cough and congestion that just keeps hanging on. Today the horrible cough is worse. The doctor said that’s a good sign. It shows his body is trying to throw off the virus and he’s strong enough to cough. He has breathing treatments with albuterol, but they're switching him to another drug to see if it helps.
Today I’m pretty sick and won’t be going to the hospital at all. I'm sure I caught the bug that took Phil down. My voice is nothing but a croak and I don’t even want to get out of bed. Our angel daughter Liz is coming from Heber City to take care of us. Her husband Brandon suggested that she come alone, and he will watch their four daughters. He’s a very busy man, so that’s a real sacrifice for them both.
Our daughter Becky is an EMT tech at the hospital, but she worked graves Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so she's catching up on much needed sleep. Plus she's a single mom of three so she sacrifices a lot, too, to help out. She sat with Phil most of Monday when this bug first hit me. When she's in the ER, it's a real comfort to knowing she's at the hospital overnight, and close by if needed.
Our other four children have been incredibly supportive, too. They don't live nearby so we text all through the day to stay in touch. Phil and I are very blessed to have such wonderful children, extended family, and loyal friends.
We're very grateful.