Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Time to Rest and Regroup

Looks like I will be spending a few days of R&R in the hospital.  My ANC is officially 0.  Early Monday morning I woke with chills, fever, headache.......the works.  After two calls to the on-call Oncologist, we were told to head to the ER.  By the time we got to the ER, my temp was 101.8.  I was omitted really quickly.  Although it took all day for a bed to become available on the Oncology floor, I was in a nice holding room while we waited.

I have had lots of blood drawn.  It seems like they have taken it all.  They are doing cultures to see if they can find any bacterial infections so they can give me the proper antibiotics.  I am already on two antibiotics that cover a broad range of things.  I had a slight reaction to one of the meds.  I got red and blotchy and started to feel itchy.  My entire head got bright red.  Since that first reaction, I have been doing ok with this particular med.  I had what is called red man syndrome.  It's not an official allergy.  This morning they did a swab to test for any viruses.  Unfortunately, until those results are back (24-48hrs) I am in isolation, and everyone around me has to wear a gown, gloves, and masks.   

They are still optimistic my counts will start to rise on their own, so it's just a waiting game until then as they attempt to treat whatever is causing me to feel sick.  They think I will be here for a few more days, but I am hoping by Thursday I can go home.  They did say they won't release me until my ANC is at least 500, or at least constantly rising.  Hopefully, once they start to increase, they will do so fairly quickly.

So until then, I am resting, resting, and resting.  I have lots of girly magazines, my Nook, laptop and the TV to keep me entertained.  The real challenge is keeping Steve entertained.  He is definitely not enjoying the virus precaution he has to wear.

Charlotte is also a little under the weather.  In addition to cutting her top two teeth, she has her first ear infection.  It's hard for me not to be there with her when she is not feeling well, but I know she is in good hands with her mom-mom, pop-pop, Uncle Tommy and Uncle Ryan.  She will be so spoiled by the time we get to see each other, but I know she is having a blast with all the attention.      

1 comment:

  1. I forgot to mention how wonderful the nurses and staff are here. They are so friendly and caring. They are taking good care of me.