Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Here's how the day unfolded:
10 a.m. I was told that they found a bed for me down in the Intermediate Medical Unit (IMU) down on the second floor. That's where there are more nurses and more monitors to keep a close eye on a person's vital signs.
11 a.m. Packed up my gear and waited to be taken down to the IMU.
12 p.m. Got checked into the new room and was immediately started on a small oral suspension of Septra. From that point on I was given a slightly stronger dose every half hour. I was hooked up to a machine that kept track of my heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation. A nurse was at my bedside the entire time just in case I started to have an adverse reaction to the antibiotic.
4 p.m. Received the final dose of the desensitization process. I managed to make it through with only a small degree of itchiness on my palms and my neck. They gave me benadryl for it and that worked fine.
Now that I'm officially desensitized, I will be receiving Septra intravenously in a fairly strong dose. This will be substituted for one of the other antibiotics I'm currently taking. Tonight I'll spend the night in the IMU being monitored by nurses.
It was a good day!