Charlie continues on his roller coaster ride to recovery today. Yesterday evening, Charlie started to show signs of a urinary tract infection. Of course, the same-day clinic in Cambridge was closing shortly and the only option to get treatment was the the emergency room. In people with spinal cord injuries like Charlie, urinary tract infections can be quite serious unlike how they would effect you or I. Thus, it is important to seek treatment immediately. Of course it was a Friday night...
So off to good ole' Cambridge Medical Center emergency room he went last night. We all know what great luck my family has had there in the past...........
Well that luck did not change and if I knew the name of the emergency room physician that treated Charlie last night, I would call him out so you can all avoid him. Harsh? Well I'd say that failing to review a patient's previous records (ESPECIALLY with Charlie) is probably one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. Charlie was prescribed an antibiotic that has not been effective (as evidence by previous urine culture and sensitivities) in not one, but TWO recent urinary tract infections. This doctor prescribed Charlie an antibiotic that would not treat his UTI....this is something the doctor should have known not to do had he reviewed Charlie's previous records. I'm not being a new grad nurse practitioner or experienced nurse that's being a know-it-all because I'm the first to admit when I don't know something. There is no way this doctor could justify his rationale for what he did for Charlie in his medical decision making.
Today, Charlie has started to feel worse and much more symptomatic of his UTI. For my medical friends, his symptoms today met the sepsis criteria. For the non-medical friends, Charlie's infection got much worse because he was not treated properly last night. Thankfully, Dr. Kelsey (our cousin) stepped in and spoke to an after hours doctor that promptly sent in prescription for the appropriate antibiotic choice. What do other people do that don't have medical professionals in their family? I'll admit that as a bedside nurse, I was always annoyed by the know-it-all family members that treat you like you don't know what you are doing or question your every move....but after all that I have experienced with Charlie, I don't blame them!
We are requesting your prayers that this antibiotic will start working for Charlie quickly and that he can avoid another trip to the emergency room.
If you missed the link to Charlie's video from that last post, here's the link! Overcoming one battle at a time...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWg3U0cTNPA&feature=youtu.be