Today was a bad day. My day started off with stomach cramps, lightheadedness, and a light fever. In additions, I started to encounter heavy periods of sweating that lasted anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes. My vitals were, Blood Pressure 137/78 Pulse 62 and a temperature of 99.1F. Because of the high temperature, stomach cramps, sweating and lightheadedness I skip walking today, which as it turns our was not a bad decision. As I started to walk around inside the problem with the pain below my right hip, possible muscle pain, made it difficult to walk. The pain disperses when sitting down or resting in the recliner.
I am sorry for not having blogged the last few weeks, but things were are a bit hectic with spending 5 weekends in the hospital only to be told they found nothing other than I needed hydration, which takes between 3 and 4 hours for 2 Liters. It was frustrating spending all the time in a hospital. In addition to the hospital stays there were doctors appointment, additional hydration sessions at the local cancer center and lap draws. The only good news, my last weekly chemo treatment was on the 21 August. I am now on a monthly (28 days) cycle, the first one will be the 18th September.
Date: 2019 August 18, at 07:54:32 PDT, Weather: 63 °F Sunny
Being Sunday I slept in. Getting up I quickly got upstairs routine behind me and went downstairs for breakfast to meet the time constrains for taking the antibiotics on time. Since leaving the hospital I take three different antibiotics, two for the fungus the other is a broad spectrum bacterial one to cover what ever caused my high fever.
Let me start by saying I am back home. I got back from a 3-day stay at John Muir Hospital in Concord. I had a 102.4 F fever the night before my chemo treatment and my CBC numbers just before starting the infusion were too low, so they send me to the ER.
You may have noticed that I did not publish yesterday. The reason being, starting around lunchtime I was to fatigue to do anything as I constantly dosed of. This morning, after night with constant stomach cramps, Dianne took me to the cancer center for my chemo treatment. Drawing blood for a CBC to determine my premeds, it was found that I was at the limit of going ahead, but because of my stomach issues during the night and a high fever, I was told that I need to check in at John Muir’s ER because I have neutropenic fever, which the CC is not setup for.
That is where I am now. I am very fatigue and even typing this short note has taken some time as I dozed of two times writing it.
I will try to get back to my regular reporting after they find out what is causing this, or I am no longer dozing off for long periods.
Today’s posting looks different as I started to use the application Day One to capture my activities. I have had this app for two years and forgot after my cancer announcement about it. Let me know what you think of it, maybe have suggestion what to remove or add.
Date: 2019 August 08, at 06:49:50 PDT Weather: 61 °F Sunny Location: Antioch, CA, United States
Today was almost identical to yesterday, another so-so day, no real issues getting up and going downstairs for breakfast. Like yesterday, I did start sweating a bit once I got downstairs. Since today is Chemo Infusion Day, I did not go for my morning walk, but instead I got ready for my appointment. For most of the day I will be in a recliner. My vitals were good and my pain locations were the shoulder/neck and the lower back region.
Today was a great day, it did start off the right way, I took my early Dizziness and stomach setting medication (Zofran) when I woke up around 4:00, which is my early morning activity for as long as I can remember, and it works. In the worst case it lowers both settings when I getup around 7:00 to start my real Morning routine.
Getting up today I had the usual light dizziness, stomach ache, but no sweating. As to my shoulder pain it was at the normal level, I do however, in preparation to not have my shoulder plate’s pain get out of control, take two Tylenol, which keep it at an acceptable level.
Today was a good day, it was also a very busy day. It started off a bit slow, after waking up around 3:00 am I had trouble getting back to sleep, so I took a Zofran which help in letting me get to sleep until 5:00.
Getting up I had the usual light dizziness, stomach ache, and sweating. As for my shoulder pain, it was at a normal level. I did, however, take two Tylenol to ensure that my shoulder pain would not get out of control and remain at an acceptable level.
Quick note about Living with Cancer – Update
Due to some time constraint I was not able to complete yesterday’s entry or start today’s.
I will try to complete both tomorrow.