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UPDATE day 4 admit

Posted Dec 03 2012 12:51pm

Every day we seem to have new information yet so far nothing really conclusive. The fevers are less frequent but still puzzling. Although I have a bladder infection, the fever would not come from that. It is possible, still, that the fevers are from the cancer. Yet another possibility is that I have a pocket of infection in the left lung, the part blocked off after the pleurodesis and which is hard to treat because it is in the pleural area that is blocked. Last night they changed my antibiotics. I was receiving Cipro for the bladder infection, but they switched me to Levofloxacin, which they hope will treat the possible lung infection and also the bladder infection to boot. Because they are not certain that the lung even has an infection, the treatment is considered prophylactic.

I continue to cough and to receive breathing treatments, which make me cough more. It is all productive though I cannot produce anything because I never have been able to do that. I cough and swallow, and no matter what I have tried, that’s all I can do.

The key to all of this is clearing infection so I can get chemo. I am anxious to restart, but I am just trying not to get panicked by these delays. When my body is ready, I suppose we will do it. Yesterday I was able to get up and take a little walk with Marvin to the seating area at the elevators where the staff had done some decorating for the holidays It was a nice stroll and a great change of scenery. I hope to get up and out again today. I have walked a bit in my room, and thankfully, I was not short of breath but just weak kneed. I want to try to walk more and strengthen my legs, which don’t get any stronger with all this bed rest.

For two days they had me on a cardiac diet. Wow. That was really extreme, especially with the limitations already on me and my not eating any meat or hospital fish, for that matter. I don’t use salt anyway, but they took away everything that has even a minuscule part of sodium. I was back to Glucerna. This morning I have my regular egg over easy and piece of wheat toast and coffee. That is the biggest treat on this menu for me. They also have good fresh fruit cups and a Greek yogurt that you have to request. I somehow manage, knowing I need to maintain some kind of nutritional intake. Some days I just don’t want to eat at all.

So here I am for another couple of days so they can see what the new treatment does for my possible lung infection As always, one step at a time.

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