Last week, I could not get chemo as my white blood cell counts were too low. As is protocol, they sent me home with a regimen of five shots to take five nights in a row to boost my white blood cell counts and prepare me for chemo this week.
I did all five shots right on schedule, but it was more painful than it had ever been before. My ribs hurt so bad they felt like they were throbbing. The shots work in the bone marrow to stimulate production of white blood cells.
Then yesterday morning, I noticed a lesion on my stomach – like a boil. At first I thought maybe I’d run into something. But it quadrupled in size and finally turned black with this peculiar red ring around it. Then another one showed up on my left leg later in the day, then others on my legs, back, stomach.
Don took me to the ER first thing this morning. They’re running tests but believe I have a blood infection and my white cell counts are EVEN LOWER than a week ago, despite the booster shots. And they were LOW a week ago. The ER doc came in and told me this is very serious. I have an infection and my army is almost depleted.
They will be admitting me and starting me on a powerful round of antibiotics. I’m so very scared. I know how serious a blood infection can be. I’m praying to God that it’s not like those old commercials for the Roach Motel, where you check in, but you never check out.
Please keep me in your prayers and I’ll update as I’m able.
Copyright 2011, Amy Rauch Neilson