November 11, 2009 (Wednesday)by Sheri Nocelli on 06/14/13
It's been so long since I have updated on here! Things are okay, it's been a little crazy this month... the munchkins have been back and forth on being sick, which is difficult because I can't go near them when they're sick. It's especially hard when Luciana is sick, which she's been off and on, but this week is the worse for her, she has a fever, runny nose and is ultra-cranky... it's hard because I can't wipe her nose or change a diaper (although I've done it in pinch, I put on medical gloves and do it, even though that's a huge risk).
Last week I was pretty sick myself. I started with a really bad cough, which I still have, but it only at night now. I was sleeping most of the day the starting the Sunday after Halloween (which ya have to be pretty sick for when there's 4 kids running around, playing games, being nuts etc). I had really bad chills, and did get a temperature of 99 point something which **thank goodness** went away after a few hours. If that had stayed, I was surely going to have to be admitted to the hospital. I'm still so so so tired, and have a night cough, but there hasn't been any fever since last week.
Monday I had an appointment with my oncologist up in north Jersey, which went okay. He wasn't too thrilled with the fact that I was sick, and coughing so much, and we had a big debate about the H1N1 immunization... he's not thrilled that I'm not getting it for the kids, but Lucien and I have very strong feelings about the whole thing, and did a lot of research and are very comfortable with our choice. Then came the fun part.. ugh.. they told me I had to get 2 immunizations (childhood ones), then come back next week to get more. SO... I asked if they couldn't just do all 4 while I was there because it's a big ordeal for Lucien to drive me up there on a Monday morning, with all the traffic, it takes us an hour to get there, and we're rushing because we have to get Adrian on the school bus first. So I'm always late. I used to have medical transportation which was so much better, I was there on time, and Lucien could work for the four hours that it takes for my checkups. But we ran out of funds for the transportation, so we've had no choice but for Lucien to bring me, which is a pain, he can't work for that time, and he has to sit with the car running the whole time (so much gas!) to keep the dvd player on so the baby doesn't scream for 4 hours... good times. Anyway! SO the Doctor agreed to give me all 4 which is a big big big big ordeal (for me). I cried like a baby, literately, it took 2 nurses, it's my biggest fear in the whole world is needles, so I was sobbing, which only made me cough more... when they were done, they were hugging me to try to calm me down, and insisted I drink water before I leave... they must dread when I come in! So I now have the immunizations to Polio, Tetanus and Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, and the Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib) Vaccine... yeah... all that.
So, the next day, I get a phone call from the doctor regarding the blood work... this is never a good sign!! Turns out that my Potassium levels are sky rocketed, so high that they are worried about my heart! Now, this has happened once before so I'm trying not to get all worked up over it... but I am getting repeat blood work done tomorrow morning to see if it was a fluke or if there's a problem. They said that if it is still high, then I will need to start a medication for that immediately.. (just what I need... more pills). I did also have to start taking twice a day OsCal (Calcium with D) to treat my Osteoporosis until the OBGYN decides on a treatment. On the positive side of things, we have lowered my CellCept (this is one of the medications that causes me to have no immune system) by half! I was taking 4 doses a day and now am lowered to 2 doses a day.. that's the good news.. : )
I will try to update on the Potassium levels and what we have to do for that if it remains high. All I know is I want to feel better, I want to start concentrating on the holidays coming... I can't wait for my family to visit, and for the cozy season to come..