Thursday was coming and going and I had already assumed we would stay at
least one more night when Great and Wise popped in to talk. The rash was
better, the blood pressure was better, Marty was better and he thought we were
out of danger and could go home.
Solu-medrol is a steroid that works wonders for a number of things, including
allergic rashes. Marty had been mainlining the juice for a couple of
days, it had helped the rash enormously, but it had her wired and talking
smack. She had been saying all day she was leaving. I guess she was
We got home that evening and Renea, Marty's caregiver, showered the hospital
gunk off Marty and let her sit in her chair in the living room while I went and
secured Renea and I some less than healthy fast food junk. Marty had been
fed at the hospital before we left.
By this time Marty, still fired up from the Solumedrol, was giving
instructions and telling Renea and I what she would and wouldn't do. Her
rash was better but still there and she kept trying to scratch herself, no easy
feat for someone with limited capacity in one arm.
As it turned out Marty stayed awake all night Thursday night. She kept
thinking she needed to get out of bed and she kept thinking she could get out
of bed. She normally can't use her left leg at all but Thursday night she
kept moving both legs to the edge of the bed. Renea finally relocated her
to the center of the queen bed and Marty was not happy about that.
The half life of Solu-medrol, the time it takes to leave your body, is 18 to 24 hours. At about the 18 hour mark Marty finally succumbed to fatigue and fell
asleep. She slept for three hours, woke up with the residual effects of the steroids still driving her a bit. She ate supper in bed, was showered
again and went back to by 9 pm and asleep again about 10 p.m., completely exhausted.
She wasn't alone, I was pretty tuckered myself and we both slept all night.
Saturday and Sunday things moved toward normal. Today, Monday, we did all of the regular stuff plus we visited some pretty cool folks at our church.
She is still
pretty tired and a little weak from the whole ordeal but I am pretty confident we are on the right track.
We have tumbled to the conclusion
that the rash and low blood pressure, the reasons for the hospital visit, were caused by the contrast dye from a cat
scan taken on the Saturday before our hospital incarceration. That was the ER visit I initiated because of her fatigue and my anxiety level.
I guess that means this one was my fault because I took her to the ER to be
examined and when they asked me if she had ever had a bad reaction to the dye I said no. Guess what, I'll have a better answer next time.
Marty and I appreciate all of the feedback, the support and comments from
our latest misadventure. I read all of the comments to her and it's the
closest I have seen her to tearing up since the stroke kind of broke her
emotional center. She was genuinely touched by the kind words, thought
Thank you, this really sort of answers my questions about calling
someone. I will do better in the future Sue.