Today was not a good day. I spiked a fairly serious and tenacious fever that earned me some sock-it-to-ya antibiotics. They drew blood cultures this morning to diagnose the root of my hot chills, but until we receive a diagnosis they’re treating it preemptively with a suite of antibiotics that cover all the bases. I have muscle aches in my legs so tight that I can’t walk, even with a walker. I’ve developed mouthsores that have earned me my very own morphine pump. I’m getting blood transfusions daily. I’ve had so much IV Benadryl over the past few days that I can stay awake through it. My hair is starting to fall out.
Oh yeah, this is chemo. It just took a while for my body to realize it ingested a ton of it.
The good news is that I’m still able to eat, which is apparently some sort of feat. Most are on food tubes by this point, so eating ice cream draws veritable applause around here.
So now we wait. We wait for my brand new bone marrow to engraft and fend off fevers that are taking advantage of my obsolete immune system meanwhile. Engraftment typically takes two to three weeks, but it’s anyone’s guess. I’m having a little fun with it by starting a pool with my doctors and nurses.
In other news, my brother Jack graduated from the University of Minnesota yesterday. No more “Jenna, can you edit this one last paper for me?” Whew. He landed a job with AmeriCorps VISTA in a St. Paul school. This is one beaming sister.
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