Sunday, June 14, 2015

Neutropenic Fever Strikes

About 6:15a, Connie asked me to get her an extra blanket and turn the AC up higher.  About 7:30a, she asked if I would take her temperature.  It was 101.6.

I always kid her that since she's been doing chemo treatments, she's always 97.x degrees.  That's why its 85 in the rig and she's "comfortable", or she's putting on sweatshirts when its in the 70's.

So for her to be 101.6 was incredibly disturbing.  We got a magnetic reminder for our fridge (which isn't metal) that if she should have a temperature of 100.4 or higher to call in and be prepared to go to the ER.  She had Neutropenic Fever which you can read about here.

Got to the Cleveland Clinic ER in Avon (about 20 minutes away) and they actually have a Neutropenic room (who knew?).  Germ free and heat free.  Not sure what it was, but it was damn cold in there.  Did blood work, did IV, did antibiotics and came to the conclusion that we're not sure what it is, so we need to admit her to figure out what is causing the fever.

They transported her to Fairview (about two miles from our daughter AND where she's scheduled to go for her baby delivery) and are monitoring her plus putting in more antibiotics.  Still hadn't gotten the fever below 99.7 by 3p ET Sunday afternoon.

That's our update for now.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

It Is What It Is.....

Phrase of the week.  Even guests on the Dan Patrick Show were saying it.

Let me explain why we are saying it.

A while back (May 5), we reported on the scan results I had.  As we stated then, the news was some good and some not so good.  At that time, all that meant was that we were not going to get a "vacation" from treatments.  So, we needed to make our travel back to Ohio in time to meet with my "new" Cleveland Clinic Oncologist.  We made the change in doctors to be more convenient for our location this year (Amherst - west of Cleveland).

I had my first appointment with Dr. Spiro at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center in Fairview Park on Wednesday.  Upon reviewing the results from Texas, he recommended that we go back to the more aggressive treatment from last summer.  <Sigh>.  It is what it is.

The increased chemo is necessary since there was some progression in the scans.  The brain is holding stable as are most of the bone mets.  The areas of concern are the lungs.

So, it is what it is and we will do what we need to do for now.

Tomorrow will be the first treatment this go round.  Will try and keep everyone posted throughout the summer.

Thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support.