The nausea has been extreme these past few days. It required a trip to the Cancer Center where it was discovered that there has been an excessive weight loss this past week. Cindy was severely dehydrated, fatigued and in need of fluids. She received two units of fluids, powerful anti nausea medicine and steroids. Her hematocrit level continues to fall, which again is to be expected but are now to a new low level. What is of most concern is her ability to fight infection. Cindy's ANC, Absolute Neutrophil Count, remember those are the marines in the army of white blood cells that fight infection, are non existent. 0.0 , nil, Nada, nothing! It is for this reason that I have not seen, nor hugged, nor been within the same room as Cindy since last Saturday, because I have a lousy cold. Thanks to Karen for taking her downtown and meeting Reedo at the Doctor's office. If even a sniffle or headache is felt by any of you, please stay away. Cindy must keep a check on her temperature for the least sign of fever or infection.
The fluids she received today have helped already. She is home, trying to rest and just waiting for the day to pass. New medicine has been ordered and Karen set up a spreadsheet tracking table for her. A quiet night with restful sleep is something Cindy looks forward to. Perhaps we will adopt the attitude of Scarlett O'Hara, for tomorrow is another day!
This too shall pass...hopefully a little sooner than later!
posted by Libby