I would ask my mom’s doctor, but I’m in NJ, and they’re in Hawaii, and communication is difficult. The web is astonishingly silent on the subject, except for complicated medical journal information (and a very short article on wiki).
Last night, my mother’s doctor told my sister that because of the antibiotics she’s taking for Klebsiella pneumonia (contracted in the hospital, of course), she has a yeast infection in her blood. A look at the Merck manual tells me that’s called candidemia. Unfortunately, the book gave no other information. The doctor said it’s very serious, especially if it was caught by the medical staff late, and I guess they’re treating it with antifungals. They won’t know for 24 to 48 hours if they’ve caught it early enough.
I’m not sure what this all means. If they caught it late, does that mean it won’t be responsive to the antifungals? They said it could spread to her IV and breathing tubes, but if they remove them and replace them with clean ones, will that solve the problem? I’m gathering from the talk my sister had with the doctor, we’re in the serious she-could-die territory, but my mom has this way of kicking death in the ass (she’s been in and out of ICU for a variety of reasons over the past 4 years, and she always walks out), and I’m wondering if candidemia is really treatable or if she’s finally met her match.