I’ve been unwell for a few days now. This first manifested at dialysis last Wednesday and again on Friday when I had uncontrollable shivers. Bloods were taken and cultured, I was admitted to MKUH, where I stayed until yesterday.
At the weekend the bloods taken from my line, and from my arm were grown to see what was happening- as feared it turned out that the Tesio line had become infected with a staphylococcus bug which lives on the skin. This bug has an affinity for plastic and migrated to the line.
So yesterday the decision was taken to transfer me from MKUH to the specialist centre at The Churchill in Oxford. After a long wait for a bed (almost two hours in a chair) I was admitted.
I have my own room which is nice
It has its own en-suite which is good.
Late last night the surgeon who first fitted my Tesio line came to my room and performed the operation to remove it. A lot of digging around to find the cuffs (which keep the two lines in place) ensued. Followed by a very quick tug to remove the lines from my chest and it was over, thankfully under local anaesthetic.
The removal of the line should stop the infection spreading. Meanwhile a course of antibiotics (floxacillin) will treat the remaining bugs but it will take time – I am going to be here in hospital two weeks minimum- possibly up to six weeks whilst the bugs are killed off.
I am starting to feel better already. The next decision will be whether I can use my newly matured Fistula to carry on dialysis- hopefully a decision will be made today.