Friday, November 16, 2012
Wow, things have been tough every since the end of August. The knee went out, the back went out, physical therapy for 2 months, and finally finish that and I get sick.
I had Remicade on Nov. 1 and felt a little achy on Saturday, the 3rd, like I was getting sick. I felt kind of run down the next week, had headaches a couple of times, had to take a nap before teaching a few times, (not normal for me), and was feeling kind of depressed (not real depressed, just feeling sorry for myself) because I wanted to get back into my normal life with the PT all finished and I didn't have the energy for it. Had my last knee injection a week ago and had to suffer a painful knee that I had to keep wrapped for a couple of days until it was stable. And I got very achy around my neck/collar bone Friday evening (a week ago) and that area was flushed. I was also in the midst of a headache which actually started that Wed. night. Not normal to have a headache lasting longer than a day. So I finally took my temp and was running a low grade fever. This in itself is not a problem, except that Remicade suppresses your immune system, so I was a bit worried.
GI doctor said it was probably viral, as my bloodwork showed no infection. So here I am a week later. I feel good today because I've kept up with the tylenol and ibuprofen. So I feel good, but that doesn't mean I'm well. They mask the problem. So tomorrow I need to see how my head feels in the morning and see if I'm still sick. I made an appt with my family physician for Monday to check on this. If I'm lucky I'll be over the fever by then.
It's been years since I had a fever like this. I think I was in my mid-30's when I had the flu and ran a fever for at least a week. That was a miserable week. I've had the flu shot every year since then. Of course you can still get the flu with a flu shot, if it's a strain that was not in the vaccine. There's also a virus going around that causes a fever. I had a student miss piano a week ago Monday due to a fever she'd had all weekend. Hers ended up lasting a week, but she had a cough with hers.
Anyway, I'm feeling good right not, but I know I shouldn't overdo it, as I'm probably still sick. So it's been a week of no exercise, sleeping most of the time.
I do not like being sick! Maybe a good thing in this episode is that the GI doctor found that my liver enzymes are elevated. More blood work was done to check on that, and I should know more next week. In addition they're going to ultrasound my gall bladder and liver. I was due to see my GI in Dec. and get bloodwork done, but by getting sick, I got a head start on that. So if the liver turns out to have a problem we're that much closer to finding some answers.