I want to begin by thanking those who read my latest blog post, and particularly those who offered thoughts of concern and words of encouragement.
From my previous post, I want to focus on the matter of four different infections I picked up while I was a hospital patient. Roughly 1.7 million Americans get nosocomial (hospital-associated) infections annually, from all types of bacteria alone (not including viri or fungi). Those cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths. During my work in health-care ethics, I recall something about nosocomial infections being the third-leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. I am bothered by that number because I suspect it is too high; it may have been true of a localized study. Nonetheless, those infections pose serious problems for patients and health-care workers.
If those infections do not kill, they slow peoples' recoveries or make those recoveries incomplete. Hence the slowness of my recovery and the added pain.
I expect to get past this sooner rather than later, through with added frustration.
Blessing and Bear hugs to all!
Today's Weather Report
The overnight low will be 6C (about40F).
The high, later today, will be 18C (about 65F) under clear and sunny sky.