As if my week couldn’t get any worse…as if cancer isn’t awful as it is, I ended up in the hospital ER last night. For the third night in a row I was running a fever with the chills and body aches. As a precaution, the doctor on call wanted me to come in to make sure I wasn’t harboring an infection.
Two days ago, because I had run a fever for the first time, on the day I was supposed to get my chemo but didn’t, they took blood cultures from both my arm and my mediport. They wanted to test to see if I had in infection somewhere in my body or if it was coming from the mediport. The rough part of that is that it takes about 3-5 days to get a full report, although they tell me if there is a major infection, it tends to show up within the first 24-48 hours.
Let me start off by saying, I have never been to the ER. Holy shit!!!! What a scary place. The good news is, when you have cancer and are undergoing chemo, you get the red carpet treatment. Meaning, I got a curtained off space away from the pukers and the drunks. I got to NYU Tisch at about 10:30 pm. I saw the nurse several times. They took more blood, stuck these very long q-tips up my nose to test for the flu but I managed to talk her out of a rectal thermometer. I eventually saw a doctor who said that I have been keeping very good documentation of my temperatures and that is what mattered. Let that be a lesson to you all!!!!! Keep documentation of your temperatures if you don’t want to be invaded in every hole in your body in a NYC ER!
That was one of the only positive things the doctors had to say. They were very concerned that my infection was coming from my mediport and, if that was the case, I would have to have a surgery to have it removed and then replaced again. Not fun at all. There was talk of waiting until all of my results came back in a few days but a thought of just doing it so I wouldn’t go septic and the infection wouldn’t invade my “brain, heart valves, organs..” WHAT???????!!!!!!!!!!
We saw another doctor who said the same thing. He was very nice but had a very dismal outlook on what was happening with me. He even predicted that I’d be in the hospital for 5-7 days. WHAT????????!!!!!!!!!
After being in the ER for four hours, I was finally given a room at 2:30 am. I probably fell asleep at 3:00 am but I was interrupted pretty much all night and was up for good at about 5:45 am. I don’t know how I’m even writing this right now (forgive my typos and grammatical errors).
I spoke to my nurse today, who spoke with my oncologist, and the flu test actually came back positive for a cold. I don’t even feel like I have a cold!!!! I had a cold about 2 1/2 months ago right after my first AC treatment but have had a runny nose ever since. I wonder if this is something that has been lingering. Who knows. But they seem to think that this is what has been causing my fevers and that by the end of the day, I’m just run down. But we have to see.
I’m waiting to see the doctor to find out more. I don’t know when I’m going to be released. I suspect that they will want to keep me for observation one more night. I’d like to get the heck out of here but I guess we need to be sure.
So here I am. Stuck in a hospital bed. I really haven’t seen Oliver since Monday and I miss him desperately. Tomorrow is his birthday so I’m hoping I’ll be out by then. I’d hate to miss his special day. Actually, I think it would kill me.