So I'm home! Yay, right?
I was home for maybe a half hour when a doctor called. They'd just missed me with this news: My latest blood culture showed an infection for something called gram-positive cocci. I probably got it through my Hickman. What's interesting is that when I was tested for this on Monday night, it was negative. When tested last night, it was positive. So I must have gotten it sometime during my stay in the hospital.
Here's some info from the Internet: Many gram-positive cocci are commensal organisms that cause infection only when they find their way into normally sterile areas. They are the most common cause of skin infections and a frequent cause of pneumonia and septicemia. Although generally susceptible to a broad range of antibiotics, certain strains have developed resistance to every available antimicrobial agent.
And can you guess the name of one strain of gram-positive cocci? Yes ... MRSA. We don't know that's what it is, but the fact that it's a possibility does not sit well with me.
This &%$#ing sucks.
What sucks more is that I have to go back to the hospital now and get an antibiotic through an IV. If it weren't the weekend, I could maybe do it outpatient, but I need the antibiotic infusion twice a day. Maybe ... I come home again tomorrow? I really hope so. My heart is breaking at the thought of leaving this warm, lovely home for another night (at least) at the hospital.)
I am just beyond angry about this. I really believe I picked up this infection at the hospital. Do I have any legal recourse here? Lawyers, please let me know.