After getting sepsis for a second time (first was 18 months ago) I was discharged from hospital last friday after a week's stay on IVA, which thankfully seems to have done the trick...for the meantime anyway. Due to the infection my RA flared like crazy for the first few days (I could hardly get out of bed for the first couple of mornings) then started to calm down once the antibiotics started taking effect. For folk that are familiar with my situation from previous posts - recent removal of my bladder stone obviously did not allow my long standing infection to clear up like my urologist said it would, and 3 days after finishing the low dose of oral antibiotics that I'd been on for the last 4 months I started feeling unwell and was admitted into hospital. I've also had a nasty skin condition on my face for several months which also flared like crazy. This skin condition has practically been ignored up until now but the docs at the hospital now think it's related with the infection I've had for the past 4 - 5 months, which is something I've suspected for some time. The hospital wasn't long in getting an appointment with a dermatologist and I'm seeing one on tuesday. They are also arranging an urgent appointment with my urologist to see how best to treat my recurring UTIs, possibly long term antibiotics again though I'm not sure this will work as apparently the bug I get has become resistant to all the common antibiotics that come in tablet form...doesn't bode well does it! Somewhat belated in my books, but at least it now appears as if my condition is finally beginning to get the attention it deserves.
I'm currently feeling ok...in fact my RA is better than it's been for ages and my skin condition has calmed right down. Can only keep my fingers crossed that it lasts. I have a dual appointment with my rheumatologist plus a professor of dermatology on Sept 14th, this appointment was made a couple of months ago by my rheumatologist who has been concerned about my condition for some time. I think she's hoping to start me on stronger RA meds (I'm currently on hydroxy) but that ain't going to happen after this sepsis lark. I'm that worried now that I'm going to ask her about seeing how I get on with my RA by halving my hydroxy, though I think I know what her answer will be.
Sorry for the long rambling post but after the past week or so I'm feeling pretty despondent, not to the point of getting depressed as that ain't going to help me or my family. Suppose I'm looking for some comforting words from the kind folk here as I really don't want to burden all this crap on family and friends.