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Oh for crying out loud!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011
It was a tough, tough summer. I'm seriously sorry about ignoring those of you that have asked me to post. But, when you're exhausted, nauseated, shaky, etc., etc., etc. you have little or no motivation to finish things, or even start them. I sent the following email to a friend, who seemed upset and worried about me. I think it might clear up a few things.
Again, I'm so, so sorry.

I can't believe how much of a hermit I've become! I have had a bit of a rough couple of months. It started in July out in San Diego when I discovered a crack in my line. But it was underneath the blue connection. So, I decided to switch the two lines since there was no leaking and my site was absolutely fine. (I have a double lumen Hickman line.) (This is NOT my chest. I'm much more "endowed")

There was no redness, or anything else so I wasn't concerned. I was suppose to stay out in San Diego for another 2 weeks.
But then, after a few days, I started vomiting. So, I decided to go home. I got a bit better but, then a couple of days later I was vomiting again. Eventually I agreed to go to the hospital and soon discovered that I indeed did have a line infection, I actually had both bacteria and yeast! We started antibiotics and anti-fungal medicines through an IV. Then, when the surgeon took out the"old" line it broke, causing all of the bacteria and yeast to leak out of the line. I soon had unbearable lower back pain that seemed to last several hours. (I actually doubt that it was that long. It just FELT like it!), Rod got in touch with the doc in charge of the ICU. He had a couple of tests done including an MRI which discovered a compression fracture in my lower back. We also discovered that the bacteria and yeast went to two weak spots, my lungs and my back where there is this fracture. I hurt my back two years ago while sitting in the back seat of my car, with Nick (driving) and Kara. I was stupid and didn't buckle my seat. Nick hit a very, very deep speed bump causing me to fly, hitting my head and then coming back down and hurting back. I went into back spasms. We had no idea how badly I was hurt.

The doctors told me on Friday that I needed to stay in the hospital and get my new line on Monday. So. after a 10 day stay in the ICU, I finally got to go home. I'm still trying to get my stamina back and all. Dr. Thompson (my pulmonary doc) told me it would take a couple of months to get back to where I was, prior to the hospital visit.

There is other crap that I could tell you. But, "For crying out loud!" Aren't you tired of all of this?

Let's take a break from this depressing news and look at this nice picture of the old Markins and the new Markins and one future Markin. Plus, I could never forget "my boys" Asa and Haver.

Well, I think I'll head off to bed. I'd like to thank each and everyone of you for hanging in there with me.
Thanks for caring.
Thanks for reading.

7 comments to Oh for crying out loud!!:

Di said...

We all have been worried and have gotten bits of news as to how you were feeling from different people. Just always want you to know you are on my heart and in my prayers. We will continue to pray that you feel better soon.
Love the family picture!!! Thanks for sharing. hugs, di

Colleen said...


I'm so sorry you haven't been feeling well. You're in my prayers, Annette! I sure hope your health will improve very soon!!

Jas said...

Hope you feel better soon .Thanks for sharing your picture of your family.

Anonymous said...

Annette it is so good to hear from you. I am so sorry to hear all the suffering you had to go through. I will be praying for you. The family picture is great. When you go to Calf.do you get to take Asa and Haver? I understand how tired and hard it is to do any thing. Thank you for sharing. When you get feeling better, would it be alright to call you and talk about PH? I have left heart PH. May God give you energy.

N. L. Sharp said...


I hate that you have been sick but I am so glad you are feeling better. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. When you are feeling up to visitors, please let me know! And congrats on adding another Markin to the clan.

Kathy Coates said...


We met at Childrens when my son Jacob was in the hospital with ALL and AML 2002-4. You were always so kind and wonderful to talk to.. we saw the new atrium at childrens earlier this year and I was glad to find your blog and check on you. You've been in our prayers.

Kathy Coates

Anonymous said...

I was wondering where ya have been. I hate that you have had so many problems. I am hoping and prayuing that you are on a raod to recovery now. Updaye when ya can. Miss reading about you and your lovely family. Hugs and love to ya Cutie :))