Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ruben Update: Back Home

Yay! Ruben has been sent home from hospital. A day earlier than we expected to be the earliest! Yay!

He's not 100% yet, but he's now on an oral medicine to combat whatever viruses or infections are still in his system.

His immune system is almost back to normal, but not quite.. so he has to stay indoors, and keep him away from anybody who is sick.

He's due back at the hospital on Thursday to check his bloods again,=.. To make sure everything is returning to normal.

Thanks to all the doctors and nurses for making him better. And Thankyou to everybody for your kind words and support.

Thanks to my Boss Dave, for being so understanding even though I only started a few weeks ago!

More pictures at: TPS: Ruben in Hospital

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Ruben Update: Streptococcus

The Verdict is in:

Ruben has contracted Streptococcus. We are still awaiting the results of some blood cultures that will tell us exactly which strain of this bacterial infection is to blame for Rubens malaise.

Ru is currently receiving Anti-biotics (Tobramycin and Meropenem) at regular intervals day and night (via his cannula).
The entire course takes 5 days, so the soonest we can expect Ruben home is Wednesday. This however depends on wheter his White Blood Cell count (Immune System) is back to normal by then.

His cannula became blocked today and had to be removed. He has had a new cannula inserted into his foot, but heh.. at least he gets to suck his thumb again now, which should be ultimately more peaceful for all of us.

He was sick earlier today, but this is most probably due to a side-effect of the antibiotics.

More updates later tonight, and hopefully some more pictures.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Ruben Update

Ruben is doing quite well... The last blood test results showed that his White Blood Cell Count is increasing, slowly but surely.

He is still on the Antibiotics.

I have posted some videos of him at:

So you can all see how happy and healthy he is.

I'll keep you posted!

P.S: Big Thanks to Kaz & Eris for the Sleep suits and Baby Grows! It's very appreciated!
P.P.S: Big Steve and Stacie for providing me with food! Get well soon Stacie! Steve: XBox 360s Still suck!

Ruben Update

Ruben was up most of the night... He's not been feeling very well at all...

However, his fever did not spike, so that is good news.

He has received 2 more doses of antibiotics...

I'll try and get some pictures posted today... But it's tricky getting internet access at the hospital.

There are some recent pictures of Ruben on The Tekuiti Photo System

More soon...

Medical De-ja-vu.

As some of you might know, Ruben was in Hospital last weekend.

He had been a bit funny last Friday morning.. and then we decided to rush him into A&E after he turned blue, passed out, regained consciousness a second later and proceded to projectile vomit everywhere.

We were sent home on Saturday after a night in hospital, with the diagnosis of: "It looks like he is fighting a virus, and he just needed some help with his blood sugar levels. He is fine now, and will be rid of the virus in a few days".

When i woke up this morning (Friday), I went to check on the little guy, to find him burning up! I'm surprised his bed sheets weren't on fire!!! We stripped him down and fed him some Calpol and things calmed down very quickly.

He was due in at the Hospital the same day to have his blood checked. To make sure his blood Sugar levels and White Blood Cell Count were returning to normal.

When Jo got to the hospital, she explained to the doctor about what happened this morning, and he told her not to go anywhere until the results came back. so, 6 Hours later (6pm), the results returned and we were told that his White Count had dropped dramatically since the blood test he received on Tuesday.

He Has now been admitted into hospital for at least the weekend, but it could take up to 5 Days to administer the course of intravenous antibiotics.

In the mean time he is being kept in strict isolation due to the low white cell count giving him very little immune system.

I left him there tonight with Jo, He arm all bandaged up with a cannular in his right arm, in one of the hospitals children's isolation suites. Anybody who enters has to scrub up and wear a special disposable apron to reduce the likelyhood of him catching anything in his fragile state... It's honestly all quite heart breaking.

I'm going back first thing in the morning... I just couldn't sleep until i had written about things.

I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Rest in peace Neo


Goodnight sweet Degu. Although your time here was short, you became a big part of our lives. I hope we served you well, and that you needed for nothing. We will all miss you. Especially your life partner, Binary.

Neo. May 2003 - 9th February 2006.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Hard Drive Woe

Fecking Hard Drive blew up this morning at work.... so I'm just buying time until my data is copied to my new HD.

Have Fun Y'all!