I am really concerned about Wes. I can't hide it. I try not to make things look worse than they are. I try to look on the bright side of things. I am having a difficult time. The doctors are worried about him. Wes goes to Pentagon Flight Medicine. They have some of the best doctors I have seen in the military. He currently has three doctors on his case. They have been seeing him on a daily basis, running tests, and giving fluids. They still don't know what is wrong with him. They are worried about him too.
There are three diagnoses that the doctors are currently looking at. Lupus (or another similar autoimmune disorder), Lyme Disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Lupus can cause the joint pain, the nodule on his lung, the extreme fatigue, the butterfly rash on his face, the digestive issues, etc. The rash that is on his arms, chest, abodmen, and legs is characteristic of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The high fever is as well. Wes has had a high fever of 101 degrees or above for four days. It has been kept down with medication, but when the medication wears off, it spikes again. Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can cause many of his symptoms as well, so until the labs come back, we don't know what we're dealing with.
Wes started taking doxycycline yesterday. He has had two doses of it. Doxycycline is a strong antibiotic that is used to treat Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. He felt a little better last night and his fever subsided. He woke up this morning without a fever for the first time since Tuesday. That gave me hope. It appeared as the rash on his body had cleared up some too. However, the joint pain has gotten worse. Wes has a lot of pain in his right hand. It spread to his left thumb yesterday. This morning, both right and left hands were fully affected. His left foot is now affected as well. He can only bend his ankle in certain positions. He is unable to open containers or bags with his hands. This really bothers him. Just this afternoon as he layed down for another lap, I noticed the rash had gotten worse on his arms. He now has several red areas on his arms and abdomen. I was not able to look at his legs because he had pants on. His legs were covered in it yesterday. He still has extreme fatigue.
Wes has had a little bit of an appetite. He ate half of a panini for lunch. He made coffee himself this morning and drank a cup of it. I told him I would do everything, but he said he wants to do as much as he can. Despite the pain in his hands, he made coffee. It bothers him that he is so tired and that his joints hurt. He was disappointed when he slept in until 10:00 this morning because he is usually up by 5:30 doing something around the house or studying. I told him he needed to rest and get better, not worry about the house. He is having a hard time with that.
Puppies and doggies are doing well. It is beautiful out today. I have blinds and the front door open to let in sunshine. I went out and played with the dogs for a while. I did a little training with them, but nothing serious. They dug three new holes. They are smart little boogers. They now try to hide from me when they dig. I found both of them between three trees leg deep in a hole. They were covered by leaves where I couldn't see them unless I got right up on them. They had a blast! I was not mad at them. Dirt is nothing that can't be cleaned up. Life is too short to not have a little fun.
This is their new secret hole digging spot:
This is under the bay window where they normally get in trouble:
|You call it getting in trouble. We call it having fun.|
|I made them sit and wait. They listened pretty well.|