Deb’s chemo treatments were from Jan. 7-11. The side effects set in the second week, and she continues to deal with other challenging issues – breathing difficulties, coughing, fever, and low blood counts with frequent platelet and red cell transfusions. The off and on fever indicates an infection, but it has been hard for the doctors to determine where the infection is, despite X-rays, CT scan, MRI, blood cultures and more. Deb is taking many antibiotics and other meds to help treat any infection that may be there.
Deb is fatigued from the frequent coughing and breathing difficulties which make it hard for her to get much sleep –and add to that the constant hospital interruptions, and she is quite exhausted. It’s hard for me to see my vibrant energetic Deb with so little energy.
On the positive side, Deb’s white blood counts went from zero (where they had been for several days) up to 0.1. It may not sound like much, but it’s a step in the right direction. As Deb’s counts continue to rise over the next couple of weeks, it will boost her immune system, her body will get more energy, and she will be able to better fight any infection that may be there.
Thanks as always for all your prayers, concern, cards and messages. Deb is not able to respond to you at this time but please know that everything is very much appreciated.