In our oncology floor, at or below3 is considered critical for infection and patients are placed in reverse isolation. I'm so glad Shari is home and better. Even with best of isolation units, hospitals are a breeding place for newer, drug-resistant germs!
Thank you all for the prayers! Here is the update I posted in our chat thread:
I have been away for a few days because I was in the hospital. Not feeling good from side effects from the radiation. It started out with pain when swallowing, (throat burned from radiation), and I wasn't eating enough or drinking enough fluids. I got to feeling kind of weak and shaky, and had a rapid heart rate.
Went to the ER Saturday, at the time I went in my heart rate was 151. They admitted me to the hospital and did some tests and gave me lots of fluids. Also found out I had a UTI. Came back home Tuesday but wasn't online much because of a migraine that lasted til early in the evening last night.
I have an appointment with a cardiologist on the 9th; my oncologist noticed that on the heart ultrasound I had in the hospital that one of the heart muscles is pumping too slow and he wants to know why. I also have an appointment coming up with a surgeon to get set up for an upper endoscopy to take a look at my throat.
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White Blood Counts range between 4,000 to 11,000. If it is moderately high it indicates infection. By being low like that it means that her body is not making WBC so she can't fight infection. The result of "1" ... might be a different measuring system that I'm not aware of since I do work in the jungle and I'm not up on what the US is doing right now.
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MOM2ACAT has had an echocardiogram and her white blood cell count was down to 1.0. I don't know what the normal WBC range it, but that doesn't sound good. She's in good spirits but very tired. The doctors are waiting for the test results to decide what to do next.
"With Shari's heartrate going way up every time she gets out of bed, they are keeping her another night on the heart monitor. (Thank you God for answering our prayers!) When Shari was admitted around 10:30pm Saturday, her care was taken over by the Hospitalist. He was not satisfied with the labs, imaging and other tests showing no cardiac problems. After checking all her imaging and testing records for the past few years, he feels there is possibly heart damage from radiation. He has ordered an echocardiogram for Monday morning and also, our family doctor will be seeing her in the morning. She hasn't eaten much. They have brought her meal trays with mostly raw fruits and vegetables which she can't eat. Your continued prayers are so very appreciated!"
I hope she doesn't mind me cross-posting...I'm a friend of hers on Facebook. She's in the hospital due to severe anemia, dehydration, and an irregular heartbeat. As you may know, MOM2ACAT is living with bone mets stage 4 breast cancer. The latest news from her FB friends is that the latest round of radiation may have burned her throat and possibly damaged her heart.
I will keep you updated...please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
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