Suze came home last night [Friday 6th September] having spent a total of 11 days in hospital. When she was admitted into hospital she was half a stone heavier and whilst we knew she was ill, she didn’t look gaunt and wobbly on her legs.
But she is home and that’s way better than being in hospital for her most assuredly. Scrappy was thrilled to see her, waggy tail and a sigh of relief that Suze was back in the building. I too was thrilled to have her back, but very worried at her new ‘look’.
However what was their diagnosis of her condition?
Well the overall concern was that she has been infected with a virus of unknown name…
She had the following conditions noted :
Pyrexia of unknown origin (PUO) [Unknown Fever]
Bilateral pleural effusion : A pleural effusion is a buildup of fluid in the pleural space, an area between the layers of tissue that line the lungs and the chest wall. It may also be referred to as effusion or pulmonary effusion. The type of fluid that forms a pleural effusion may be categorized as either transudate or exudate.
Pericardial effusion: (“fluid around the heart”) is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the pericardial cavity. Because of the limited amount of space in the pericardial cavity, fluid accumulation leads to an increased intrapericardial pressure which can negatively affect heart function.
Sepsis: Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by your body’s response to an infection. … Sepsis develops when the chemicals the immune system releases into the bloodstream to fight an infection cause inflammation throughout the entire body instead.
Common Liver Lesion: [Awaiting MRI result] To be determined.
The end result is that Suze was one sick lady.
She is exhausted, gaunt, half stone lighter and is now signed off for more or less a month. But she is on the road to recovery, thank goodness 🙂
What caused all of these problems?
Well the medical staff are not totally sure. She has to return for an MRI in the next week. But an extremely low count of Iron didn’t help her immune system. She was additionally diagnosed as having anaemia.
She is now under my stern nursing care.
Suze is quite possibly in some shock and l am none too sure if she is fully aware of just how ill she truly was.