It’s now one month on daily IV Rocephin. I have also been on Coartem, which is an anti-malarial drug, for the Babesia (Babesia, like malaria, is a red-blood cell parasite).
The challenging days have indeed arrived, as promised. The nausea is intense and the fatigue is overwhelming at times. Often all I can muster is laying on the floor of the bathroom. When I can, I move to the couch, but due to the intense fatigue, the kitchen seems like such a far distance away.
As for my Hickman catheter placement: I am still experiencing some itching under the dressing. I use the IV3000, which is made for sensitive skin, but later today my nurse will also use a sticky film barrier before placing the new dressing on the skin. We will see if that helps the itchiness and redness. All in all, though, the skin around the catheter entry is looking clean and healing well.
Even though this past week has been particularly intense, I have been prepared for this phase, so there are actually no real surprises. People often ask if I am getting better now after 1 month. There is no improvement in my condition and with the herxing* things have gotten more intense, but that is as expected. Although my herxing is not terribly dramatic, but it is ever present this week. One foot in front of the other and I will get to the other side of this.
I refuse to give these microbial squatters the power to control my life. So...I firmly keep my goal in mind and doggedly push ahead.
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