This past week or so (I guess it’s been at least that long) was probably the hardest. My days were basically a series of rigors (which quickly disappear with a 50 ml injection of demerol) followed by a fever spike (including all the fun that comes with a fever) and then a slow descent back to normal –all this happening 2 or 3 times a day. This seems to be par for the course for neutropenic patients, yet the medicine doctors (not the oncologists) jump at any fever and draw blood for cultures, other lab work, start an new antibiotic, order chest x-rays, anything. The oncology nurses seem more familiar with fever patterns and, as with the oncologists, are convinced that once my white blood count increases, particularly my neutrophil count, things will start to level out.
Needless to say, I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather, and haven’t even looked at the computer for the last 4 days. Details are a bit murky, as well. I’ll try to be better about more frequent posts, once my body start to cool down for a bit.
Thanks again for all the well-wishes, the meals, the books and dvds (not much of that going on right now, but there’ll be plenty of time for that in the near future), and general outpouring of generosity. It really helps.