When I went for my pre-chemo check-up on Monday, I was running a fever. I had no idea. I felt great. Just coming off our trip to Indy and a fabulous week with my little boy, I was on top of the world. And then.
And then I had a fever. Which threw the office into a tizzy. What did the fever mean? Was the infection that had landed me in the hospital still unresolved?
As I had completed my round of oral antibiotics two days earlier, the consensus was that likely a small amount of the infection remained, was trying to gain a foothold, was behind the fever. And I can’t have chemo treatment until all systems are go.
Here we go again, I thought. Blood draws, cultures, pokes and prods. I began to panic that I was headed for the ER and even worse — readmission. It’s only been a few weeks since my hospitalization, so I’m still shell shocked and it doesn’t take much to get my mind going down that path, my heart racing, beating so hard I’m sure it’s going to explode out of my chest.
Long story short, the docs put me on one more week of antibiotics. Whew. That could have ended so badly, but thank God, it didn’t and I was home Monday night snuggling in bed with my boys.
No fever since Monday — and that was the only time that day I had a fever. Strange.
Saw my Infectious Disease doc yesterday (I didn’t even know there WAS such a thing until my recent hospitalization!) and she said I’m looking great. In fact, when she walked into the office, she looked at me, then at my cousin Lori Parker and said, “You both look terrific! Who is the patient?!” Quite comical.
All is healing, inside and out. She cleared me for chemo for next week. That is excellent news. Let’s get on with this and get it over with, as I’ve given my cancer a deadline.
Yes, a deadline. It has until Jan. 1, 2012 to GET OUT. I’ve been telling it that daily — that it’s not welcome in my body and it’s gotta go. Vamoose. Skidaddle. Bye-bye. And it will listen.
There is a huge mind-body connection in all of us that we are just now beginning to understand and take advantage of. I’ve been learning all about that, as well as the importance of including exercise, meditation/yoga, supplements and the right foods as complements to a chemotherapy regimen.
I had a hidden agenda when I was in Indy. As the people who know me well often say, I always have a hidden agenda. Those wheels in my brain are turning, and very quickly at that. They are flowing freely — no oil necessary.
I’ve been delving into the world of biochemistry and it is not only fascinating, it is a huge component of both the “now” and future of successful medical treatment. Understanding our biochemistry — each of us on an individual basis — can also keep us from ever having to go down the “sick” path by keeping us healthy. So, in Indy, I saw one of the foremost biochemists/MDs in the field. He will follow me and I will follow his advice to the T. More, much more on this soon.
One small nugget to share with you: peaches have been found to be an amazing food for us. They’re in season now. The branches of the peach trees at the orchard near our house are drooping under the weight of these juicy treats. I’ll soon be making peach jam with my bffs Lisa and Lindsay, as well as freezing some fruit for winter. Get out there and get yourself some peaches to munch on. Your body is craving them. Trust me.
Meanwhile, I’ve been cleared for something else — waterparks! No lakes, no hot tubs, per my ID doc yesterday. But…pools are A-OK, so Theo and I are off to the waterpark today with our friends Marnie and Nate. And the weather for this outing couldn’t be more perfect. Yahoooeeyyy!
Copyright 2011, Amy Rauch Neilson