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Friday: I've been sick

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.
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TPETRIE 11/19/2012 11:20AM

  Get well, get the rest you need. Don't push yourself, follow up with your dr. and do what he says. Your health is top priority right now. Take care and God Bless. emoticon

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AMYC0128 11/17/2012 11:59AM

    emoticon Take it easy and don't rush yourself. I really hope that you are feeling better soon, you have been through alot these last few months.

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JTREMBATH 11/16/2012 7:43PM

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SUSANS706 11/16/2012 7:22PM

    So sorry, you have had a rough time lately. Sending you get well wishes, hope your tests all come back clear.

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FENWAYGIRL18 11/16/2012 6:57PM

    Sounds like your having a rough patch... hope things get better for you and all your testing comes back alright... you take care! emoticon


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