"The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?"
Tyson is making very slow, baby steps in his recovery. Yesterday the sats stayed in the 70's for most of the day but today they sat in the high 60's most of the day. The chest x-ray this morning did show some improvement and the cardiologist is still optimistic that his low sats are due to an infection.
The results from the BAL culture swab came back positive for a pneumonia-causing bacteria. Its official name is Moraxella catarrhalis which is a bacteria that can live in the back of your throat for a long time and not cause many symptoms. It's difficult to say for sure how Tyson caught it or how long he had it, but it may have been pushed into Tyson's lungs during the intubation process. Anyway, he is on antibiotics and the "bug people" upstairs (the ones who work on the petri dishes, etc) will find a specific antibiotic that will kill this bug. Each bacteria has a specific sensitivity to a particular antibiotic and the "bug people" will figure this out and if Tyson needs to switch meds, they will switch it. Right now he is on gentamicin and another one, but a quick google search tells us that the Moraxella catarrhalis is sensitive to penicillin or erythromycin.
Tyson had a procedure done this morning called a "bronchoscopy." It involves sending a camera-catheter down his bronchial tubes to have a look around at what kinds of secretions are developing inside. This bronchoscopy didn't show anything conclusive, except that he has an infection. Tyson was sedated for the procedure so that he was not uncomfortable, but as a result he spent most of the day sleeping.
This afternoon we enjoyed a visit from my parents who dragged along three adorable children! They enjoyed a weekend camping at Valens with their cousins and they filled us in on all the exciting details! It must have been quite the weekend because my Mom lost her voice somewhere in the process. Out of practise, Mom?!
Brian is leaving tonight and heading back to work for the week and I am having some company tomorrow but if anyone is bored on Thursday or Friday, I would love some company! There's only so many Sudoku puzzles I can do! :)
Until next time,
Brian and Mel:)