BR is hurting something awful today. When the hospice nurse came out this morning to check on him, he was running a low grade fever and sweating profusely. Despite drinking quite a bit of water, he's not putting out much urine, and what's there is turning brown. Also, like two years ago when he had the abscess in his mouth, he is beginning to struggle to comprehend his surroundings, and he is repeating even the most simple of thoughts dozens of times.
The urine culture taken earlier this week showed only the colonized bacteria, not anything growing out of control. His lungs are clear. His skin isn't yellow. So where on earth is this infection hiding? The doctor has decided to take the "big hammer" approach and start IV antibiotics this evening -- twice a day for 10 days. Since hospice is administering them, he will be allowed to remain at home. Nothing drives home the fact that BR is really sick like 20 IV balls in the fridge.
The PICC line nurse just left after an 80 minute procedure to insert the IV catheter. He also got a peripheral IV line, which will be used until an X-ray can confirm the catheter placement. She also taught me how to flush the catheter -- really pretty easy. The hospice nurse should be here any minute to draw blood and start the first antibiotic ball.