Friday, February 4, 2011

Hangin' in there

3 weeks ago Ethan had the flu. Within 24 hours, I had it too. It was a rough time. Chemo was delayed since I had a fever so I spent a good portion of the week in bed (from the flu). The following Monday (Jan 24th), chemo was again cancelled because my white blood cells were down to 1.6 and my ANC was 0.6. The doctor decided that I needed 5 neupogen shots to boost my WBC's. So everyday last week, I drove 40 miles (one way) to the doctor to get my 30 second shot. Thursday (27th), I woke at 4:30 a.m. to my left hip throbbing horribly (I do know there is a little cancer there as well). I chalked it up to the wonderful shots and continued on my way.

Each day, the pain continued to get worse. In the past week I have taken vicoden, percocet, tylenol, valium, ativan...ANYTHING I could find to stop the pain. It was horrible and NOTHING cut the pain! The only way I could sleep was to pick a position and wait, with tears, until the throbbing eased enough so I could sleep. When I did finally get to sleep, I would wake continuously because I couldn't move without my hip hurting. My whole demeanor was changing too. I was so hateful to everyone because I couldn't take the pain anymore. I finally called the doctor yesterday and he wanted me to go to the ER because there was apparently something going on. I didn't go because I felt this was a 4:55 p.m. answer (if you know what I mean). I ended up taking 600 mg ibuprofen (which I am NOT supposed to take while on chemo), and it helped. Weird huh? I wonder why the hardcore drugs wouldn't cut the pain, but ibuprofen would. I hope that it doesn't come back as I really can't take anymore ibu.

Now that the pain is tolerable, I feel back to my old self! Yay! I am so glad things are finally looking up. :)