The Lord your God is among you; He is mighty to save. He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love; He will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17 (BSB)
I’m writing again from my cozy spot, beyond thankful to be home with my people as so much has happened. The Lord has been so good to see me through.
After my previous post, I continued to get more and more ill. The pain in my left foot was getting worse also – but what was most alarming was the systemic symptoms I was having: fever and chills, elevated heart rate, severe nausea, weakness, high blood sugar, and extreme fatigue and sleepiness.
On Wednesday, I went to the emergency room, expecting that I would likely be diagnosed with osteomyelitis. While I did learn that my foot was infected – this seems to be a thing I just have to be on watch for with my stress fractures and lack of immune system – what was much more concerning was that I was septic and it had happened so quickly and was so severe.
They immediately started Vancomycin and admitted me.
The next day (Thursday) I had surgery on my foot – and, while no infection is good, it is not the worst infection I’ve had by any means. The sepsis was by far more troubling.
My blood sugar and some other labs were abnormal for several days and I continued to receive antibiotics and be watched closely.
Finally, things started to improve.
On Monday, my blood cultures were negative so I could be given a PICC line and sent home with IV antibiotics and home health care. I was so so grateful and ready to be home with my people.
(My better half was able to come spend time with me at the hospital, thank goodness, but we were both ready for me to get back.)
Since I’ve gotten home, I’ve mostly been sleeping as I’m still just exhausted, both from the infection and the hospital stay. I’ve started my IV’s here and home health will be out to do a full admission later today. I’ve also started insulin while I was in the hospital and have a doctor’s appointment to follow up on my new regimen later this week.
More than anything, I am relieved and thankful – as always – for the Lord’s provision and protection once again. Sepsis is so scary and so dangerous – and His grace has seen me through. As I write often here and wrote about at length in my devotional, this spoonie life is so uncertain – and things like this are so unnerving.
But we can trust Him. Always.
Needless to say, my next several weeks will be spent recovering and resting as I also wrap up my Fall semester at school. I’m so looking forward to the holidays this year.
Before I got just crazy sick, I had planned to post daily gratitudes for the days in November leading up to Thanksgiving – but now I’m really sure that’s what I want to do for the next week.
Let’s get ready to celebrate the holidays together, y’all. ❤
Be well, everybody. Take care of yourselves and each other.
Grace and Blessings.
And, always one of my favorites, but especially close to my heart this week: