Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Up and down, and all around...

The chemo radiation gig is definitely a land of hills and valleys. When you leave the valleys, you just have the feeling that you'll never the them again, and it's true, you won't see that particular valley again, but there is sure to be a new one around the corner! Yesterday wasn't all that good a day, though nothing specific, but last evening they found Shelley had a fever of over 102 again.  So, that got them going on IV antiobitics being resumed, and a round of tests to determine the source of infection.  Eventually they got her fever down, and things calmed down again, and she had a "fair" night.  Anyway that certainlly dashed any hopes of going home today, which had been the plan for a while.

Now, the news for this morning is that Shelley's white count is up to 2.5, a nice increase, and her ANC is 1400, which is nearly a normal level.  Dr. Oncologist was in this morning--he's a unique "nerdy" bookish fellow, who actually carries a little black doctor's bag! The source of the infection remains a mystery, since all the tests to try to determine that have come back negative, but guess the treatment is the same anyway--more IV antibiotics, at least through Saturday.  Guess Shelley will know what her address will be for the next few days! They took the "neutropenic cautions" off yesterday, which means Shelley isn't quite as much at risk for picking up new infections.

A lot of the "plan" has been suspended while Shelley recovers a bit, but it was interesting to hear that Dr. Oncologist doesn't plan, and has never planned, to give more than two chemo treatments during radiation.  So, the last two chemos will be done sometime after the radiation is in the past. What a relief to hear that!  After Shelley's ANC is back above 1500, they will resume radiation.  She just has one more treatment of regular radiation yet.  They they will do the "boost," which is concentrated in the area where the tumor was removed.  That should give her poor, beat up neck area a chance to start healing.

Right now Shelley spends a lot of time sleeping, which is quite merciful--a wonderful way for time to pass.  Her mouth, throat, tongue, nose, and probably sinuses are full of sores.  Her body makes lots of mucus to cope as the sores slough off the old cells and start healing.  The mucus casuses coughing, gagging, choking, coughing, coughing, and more coughing.  Hopefully any remaining tumor cells are finding their way down the drain these days also. 

Thanks again for checking in!

5 comments:

The J's said...

Obviously very much a one day at a time. But it's good that's really all we have to deal with anyway. Hoping for a continued recovery on this segment!

Renee said...

So glad for the update!! Hang in there, Shelley. Your cheerleading section is cheering earnestly for you!! xo xo

Gramma Lorna and Grampa Garland said...

So glad for the post so we are "up-to-date" again! Our thoughts are up there with you, Shelley, and know you are getting very special care with Dorothy and your family with you!! Keep your patient lil smile on and we'll try to stop by again soon! Love you!

Jeanne Ogden said...

Dear Shelly and family, Thinking of you all, sorry it took so long to get updated and have been thinking of you through this last week. I think for a minute that Parkinsons and all that go with it are hard to deal with sometimes and then know that there are family's out there going through so much worse. So I am hoping that the mucus issue is soon behind you as that is bad enough on its own but combined with everything else, well that is just more than I can imagine. Glad you are close to home even if you can't be home and that family can be with you. Love Jeanne

Dan & Cyndie said...

We are cheering & keeping positive thoughts winging their way to your side. its good news about the chemo & radiation separation :) and hope fully you can continue to get some rest. love you much & plan to pop in on you tomorrow :)