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Human Metapneumovirus

This is what we're told Bob's got. There's apparently no magic bullet cure, just as there isn't for a lot of viruses, so the thing to do with HMPV  is apparently just ... get through it. And of course, while it's normally not serious, for kids, older folks and folks with various levels of immunodeficiency it can be really serious. And guess who fits into both slots? Bob. (I fit in, too, but I've lived with him for weeks and I'm 99 percent confident I'm not getting any serious version of it.) Once all the nurses, aides, etc. started gowning- masking- and gloving-up to come in, we figured it was nothing to sneeze at. As it were. 

Because Bob's extremely weak (like, they're not letting him sit in a chair unless there's a staff person on hand, and as for making it to the bathroom? Ha!) he's going to be in here another night. His physical therapist would like him to be sent to a rehab place for a couple of days because he needs to relearn how to breathe properly, and regain his strength in general. His hospitalist doctor (real term for a doctor whose focus is solely on hospitalized patients) told him earlier today that she'd like to get him out of the hospital, but we don't know what the upshot will be after the doc and the therapist manage to talk. 

My boss threw me for a loop, in a very positive way, when I sent him my morning email. I told him I'd try to get a story in to him before 2 p.m., and updated him on Bob's situation, which at that point didn't have a name, and was somewhat worse than it was at the time of my previous report. I said I'd take time off after I sent the story over. He told me just to take the whole day off, that we didn't need that story. I'm beginning to understand the guy a bit better, but still ... he kind of whipsaws me. 

I spent 5 hours at the hospital with Bob, which did wonders for me, and he seemed to be happy that I was there. Now I'm home; I'm going to brush my teeth, give Bob a call at the hospital, and go to bed. 

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Apr. 25th, 2018 03:02 pm (UTC)
God, I'm so sorry to hear this. It sounds like a dreadful infection.
Apr. 25th, 2018 03:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It shouldn't be a dreadful infection, that's the hell of it. It should just be what it is for most people; like a moderate to bad cold. It's just that Bob's overall underlying health status seems to automatically make anything worse. Gah.
Apr. 26th, 2018 04:45 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing more details about what's going on. I'm sorry this whole thing is turning out to be so much worse. At least he has you by his side as much as you can be. And your new editor isn't a compete dick.

Best of luck to Bob. Hopefully, it's at least as smooth of a sailing as possible. And, hopefully, you at least have been able to get some rest.
Apr. 29th, 2018 09:47 pm (UTC)
I've been pretty remiss about responding to people over the last few days, but I can tell you that it's not as bad now as it was at this point in time. I'll be posting an update a little later today.
May. 1st, 2018 02:55 am (UTC)
I've been pretty remiss about responding to people over the last few days

Yes, how dare you take care of your ailing husband instead of responding to people on the Internet :)

But seriously - I'm glad that he's doing better. I'll comment on the update post separately.
Apr. 29th, 2018 08:33 pm (UTC)
Best wishes for Bob's health… Take care of yourself, and him ♥ Sending you all my thoughts and love.
Apr. 29th, 2018 09:48 pm (UTC)
Many, many thanks for the thoughts and love. Both are so appreciated!
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