Friday, December 30, 2011

More Hospitally Adventures!

Well, in about 30-45 minutes I'll be back in the hospital. All my blood counts were low this week, and yesterday I kept getting dizzy. Thankfully my mom and husband had the foresight to make me call the doctor last night, because I wouldn't have on my own. They had me come in today to get my levels checked and they definitely want me to get a blood transfusion.

Thankfully, I will probably only be in there one night, maybe two, which is a far cry from the 7 days I was in last time. Also, the care I received in the Oncology ward was excellent, so I'm glad I'll be getting such great care again.

Sorry if there's typos here, I just downloaded the blogger app, and wrote this from my phone.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! Although I've been feeling a little down about being ill, I always have to remember how lucky I am. I've had an amazing support group for me, I can't imagine going through this without the help and prayers of so many people. I have a wonderful husband who is patient and understanding. I'm lucky that I got this disease during a time when medicines are advanced enough to fight it, and possibly defeat it, and that I don't have to deal with nausea *that* often. I'm lucky that the disease was even caught, and that I feel so much better than I did months ago.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Shannon's Adventures in Hospital Land

So... It's been an eventful two weeks.

Two Thursday's ago I woke up at 5am with a fever in the 100's. I called the doctor (they have someone on call 24 hrs). My doctor happened to be on call and told me to come in when they opened to get my white blood cell count checked.

That morning was extremely difficult. I couldn't stand up without being so dizzy I'd fall.

By the time I got to the doctor's I was a mess. The nurses said I was blue. They took me back to take my blood, and then sent me to see the doctor. When I was on my way back to the doctor I collapsed. They brought me back to the chemo room and started giving me fluids. Because of the fever I was extremely dehydrated. When my blood work came back they found out that both my white and red blood cells had dropped to drastically low numbers. I was going to have to go to the hospital.

The doctor called the hospital to get me a room, and I stayed there for a few hours while I waited for a room to be ready. I was neutropenic, which basically means that my white blood cells were so low they had to exercise a lot of caution, because I could catch things really easily and my body couldn't fight them off. I wasn't even allowed to eat fresh fruit or veggies. I had a private room because of it.

The Oncology unit of the hospital was closed when I got there, so I started in a different unit (I don't know which one)

In my first room.

I had to have a blood and platelet transfusion as well. I was supposed to have it on my first night, but it ended up happening my second day.

My IV, complete with saline, blood, and platelet bags.

Nicole came by for a visit!
 The second or third day (I don't remember) the oncology unit of the hospital opened up and they moved me up there. I had to wear a mask when they transferred me.

 I ended up staying in the hospital for 7 days before they released me. It was crazy, I'd never even spent the night in the hospital before. I was on antibiotics through an IV 24/7

My mom is sneaky and takes pictures of me while I sleep.

Another sleeping picture.

The food in the hospital was so awful. Near the end, someone made us a meal and it was delicious.

So that was my saga. I've been a lot better since I got home. My white and red blood cells have been in a good place. They pushed my chemo back a week to give me time to recover, which has been going nicely.