The First Sunday of Christmas
Dear Faithful Praying Family & Friends,
I apologize for the delay in updating my blog. The first week after Chemo Round was uneventful but, on Day 8, I became quite ill from a virus. [By Day 8 after chemo, my white blood count is always in the basement so I have no way to fight off a virus.] By Day 10, my temperature reached 102 degrees and Dr. Carroll directed Stephen to take me to the Walk In Clinic. From there – you guessed it – EMS transported me to the ER, where my face is [unfortunately] becoming a familiar sight. I spent the next six hours, hooked up to IV’s for hydration and I submitted to a battery of tests. It was not H1N1, thanks be to God.
After I went home, I was weak as a kitten and Stephen had to do everything for me. My temperature remained 101-102 degrees until Day 14, when my white blood counts came back up again. Finally, the fever broke and I have been getting better and stronger every day: able to sleep comfortably, eat some food, take a shower by myself, etc. I’ve been in bed for six days, listening to Haley’s 20-CD unabridged recording of Little Women.
The highlight of the last few days was the safe arrival of Daniel, Haley and Benjamin, on the early morning of the 23rd. I saw Daniel & Haley on Christmas Eve and finally got to see all three of them on Christmas Day. So, in spite of everything, I have still had a Merry Christmas, thanks to their visit.
Tonight, I ventured out of the house for the first time in eight days. Stephen took Haley & me to see the film, Young Victoria, which I highly recommend.
I’ll keep this short, as I feel neither physically or mentally strong enough to write much more. However, I did want to let all of you dear ones know how I am doing.