On Beyond Cancer

My life with metastatic breast cancer

Close call May 25, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — onbeyondcancer @ 11:29 pm

I’m going to start this post by telling you that I did NOT need to go to the hospital. Kind of a spoiler, but didn’t want to leave you in suspense. Ok, now you can keep reading.

Yesterday I had body aches most of the day, but in the evening chills started.  In a half hour my temperature went from 99.9F to 100.8F.  Of course it was a weekend and a holiday, so when I called the doctor I got the service.  They took a message and said that I would get a call back from Dr T’s covering Dr.  As I waited for the call, I started packing my hospital bag.  I was pretty sure the Dr would tell me to go the ER to have my blood counts done, checking for a dangerous problem called neutropenic fever that occurs when you have too few white blood cells to fight an infection.  A friend of mine has had this issue several times and has been hospitalized to get IV antibiotics.

I just finished packing the bag when the covering Dr called back.  I told her the details and she checked my records.  She thought that since I have been on Afinitor for a few months without a dip in white blood cell counts, it was more likely just a virus.  I was surprised because I felt that Dr T would have told me to go to the ER immediately.  I pressed her a bit on this and asked what exactly I needed to watch for to be able to tell the difference between a fever that is no big deal and one that needs attention.   She told me that I should take Tylenol and call again if the temp got higher because a neutropenic fever would not go away with Tylenol.

It was a nerve wracking night, but I did not have to go to the hospital.  The body aches have mostly disappeared and I’ve got the usual cough and sniffles.


6 Responses to “Close call”

  1. Margie Says:

    Glad you are feeling better – maybe your body is adjusting to the NJ weather – jet lag from your vacation. Love, Mom

  2. Aunt Amy Says:

    Happy to hear you are feeling better and did not have to go to the hospital 🙂

  3. Terry Says:

    Glad you didn’t have to go to the ER, hope the body aches continue to lessen. Terry

  4. Clarke, Wilford E Says:

    Glad to hear you’re OK Love, Dad & Tina

    Bill Clarke | Technical Solution Architect, Senior Director | Cloud Services | NTT DATA Inc | 410.353.9569 | Wilford.Clarke@nttdata.com

  5. Sonya Says:

    Glad it was nothing worse, but sorry you have to be sick with a virus! Hope it was an ok weekend regardless…

  6. Jennifer Gilbertson Says:

    Glad you got some definitive answer that could help you diagnose future problems, Karissa. Sometimes it’s the unpredictable answers we get that bring us the most assurance…crazy, but true. My weekend had a bout of sickness as well (stomach problems all day Saturday), but we ended the weekend by working on various decluttering projects throughout the house. I hope your illness wanes soon and that you can begin summer as happy and healthy as you can be. Hugs, prayers–Chicken Soup!–and Love, ~~Jennifer & Family

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