I’m back in my second home, the hospital. I spend so much time in them either working, visiting or as a patient. This time I’m a patient again. It’s nothing to worry about, as I’ve only got an infection which is easily treated. I’ve been here since Sunday morning and having IV antibiotics for 5 days until I’m discharged by Thursday/Friday. The infection I have is Cholangitis. I’ve had it before just over a year ago pre transplant. It’s a bacterial infection causing inflammation to the bile duct. It’s just a little painful but no more than usual. Since my transplant, I’ve not been able to come off pain relief. There’s always been some ache or pain in my stomach around where the liver is. I shouldn’t be experiencing pain anymore so I knew there was another explanation for it. The Drs recon that I’ve been having food/fluid content back flowing from the duodenum into the bile duct thus building up a collection of bacteria, causing infection, hence why I’m getting pain.
Whilst I’m an inpatient, I’ll be having a group of Xrays with contrast to see if it shows any back flow of food or fluid in the duct. The contrast that I’ll need to drink will show up on the X Ray, making it visible to see what direction everything is travelling in. They expect this is what is causing me pain and have been more lenient with my pain relief now that they may have an idea why I need it.
I’ve got so many presents to wrap at home that it would be great if I could do some here with all the extra time I have. I’m not allowed to head back to my flat for an afternoon, even though I’m only a 5 min train journey away. They said I’m a bit vulnerable with a low White Cell count of 2.2. White cells are the cells of the immune system involved in protecting the body from infections. The Azathiaprine (back up immunosuppressant) I have been taking, has caused a drop in my White Cells so they have stopped it again temporarily.
At least I’ll be home before Xmas and in time to get everything sorted before hand 🙏🏼. Thank you to my friend who packed my bag, brought me in to hospital and stayed with me in A&E until they found me a bed. Thank you to friends and family for visiting and all the foodie treats. 😘. So, It’s not all bad being here when you’ve got amazing friends and family like mine.
Another bonus is that my friend who’s had the transplant is now on the same ward as I’m on. I can visit her every day now 😁.
My very own side room 😁.
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