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8/29/2016 Latest post:
Carolyn began having severe flu like symptoms on the night of August 21. She alternated between chills and fever the next two days and slept almost constantly. Wednesday August 24 she went to see out internist. They ran urine and blood tests for flu panels, which showed negative. Initially it was thought to be a viral infection. On Thursday August 25 the internist directed her to the hospital for further blood work, as an outpatient. By Friday, the internist directed her to immediately be admitted to Methodist Hospital as the blood work showed E. Coli present in her system. Upon admittance, they immediately began administering strong antibiotics intravenously and commenced and further lab work. She has been diagnosed as having sepsis and has been in for quite a fight. It likely began with E.Coli and a urinary tract infection, and once it became rapidly progressive and severe, infected her blood; hence sepsis. Her blood has been as thick as molasses in the past few days and her kidneys were not functioning. As a result, her discomfort has been compounded by retention of fluids, now present on her lungs as well. She will be receiving INVANZ (ertapenem) intravenously for at least the next 10 days. It is the strongest of antibiotics they can administer, so stronger than meds like CIPRO. She has had tremendous difficulty sleeping as she alternates between chills and severe sweats. Her temperature is still hovering at 102. As you know, she is tough and is a determined fighter. It is surreal to see her struggle, but it seems this morning better than Friday. Her white count has begun to improve and they believe kidneys are beginning to show signs of functioning again. The worries are the fluid, especially on the lungs, and the continued infection in her blood. We have top internal medicine and infectious disease specialists on her case. Your thoughts and especially prayers are greatly appreciated. Very special thanks to Susan Molzan for getting her to the hospital as I was flying back from NY and to Virginia Lahourcade for helping her settle in to the hospital and getting this site launched We will try to post updates here for everyone as trying to respond during this ordeal has been difficult. Thank you all.