Thursday, May 13, 2010

Jinx!

.... and then I ran a fever and bought myself three days in the hospital!

Last night I started running a fever. The rule post-transplant is if you run a fever of 100.5 or higher you will get admitted to start administering IV antibiotics and whatever else. The danger is that the brand new immune system may be too weak to fight off an infection so they want to jump on any problems right away. So I spent the entire night in the ER - sorry, emergency department - finally got a room on the transplant floor at 6 AM, slept for a few hours, and am just hanging out here getting IV antibiotics. Of course I'm not running fevers anymore, and my symptoms are all consistent with a simple cold. But the rules are you have to stay in the hospital until you've had negative cultures for 72 hours and no fever for 24, so I may end up spending my weekend here. I say may because they are hard up for rooms right now and it doesn't make much sense to waste a room on someone with a cold, especially because I live very close to the hospital and can easily come back if my fevers return. We'll see.

I definitely jinxed myself though because I came up to the floor to visit the nurses last week, and here I am, back as an impatient, able to visit with them as much as I want!

6 comments:

Mary Harvest Kitchen said...

Well, you sound pretty perky considering everything. I totally agree with the earlier post too--next lifetime I think you've earned some nice well-behaved cancer that goes away and stays away! (only joking). But seriously. I'm glad it's responding to treatment so well. We want Miras who are NED and FOL (Full of LAUGHTER!)
xx

Zhu said...

Oh shit, I hope we didn't participate in jinxing you! :-(

Well, I understand that they can't take risks, even for what is turning out to be a regular cold. Hope you will get better and get kicked out of the hospital soon :-D

getyourselfconnected said...

Pretty stringent criteria, but better to get ahead than behind. What antibiotic did you get? You would never have guessed it but....
I have cloned quite a few antibiotic bio pathways for drug expression so I may have done that one at some point.

I hope you feel better!

Andromeda said...

Glad it's just a cold, but sorry you have it in the first place! Hopefully you won't be in the hospital the entire weekend, you've already spent so much of the year inside, I like to think how you are out and about now. Feel better!!

Leesa said...

Oh Double Drat!!!! Well, I am glad you don't have a fever anymore but take good care.... That's good that they have to be so on top of things there...
Have a "restful" weekend in the hopital...
Hugs,
Leese

au soleil levant said...

Mary - you know that being in the hospital always puts me in a good mood! Ha. If only all cancers could be well behaved... Thanks.

Zhu - no, the jinx was definitely all on me! Thanks.

GYSC - Thanks. I was getting Zosin and have a five day outpatient course of Levoquin. Have you worked with those?

Andromeda - Thanks, I prefer to be out and about too!

Leesa - thanks for the good wishes!