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Yet another half day spent in the ER

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

I had to make another ER visit yesterday; had not been feeling very good again the past few days before that, and was nauseous too. The rapid heart rate seemed to be getting worse, and I wasn't sleeping much at night either. Yesterday morning I also had the dry heaves and even water made me nauseous. I had gotten dehydrated over the weekend too; since I was not able to sleep at night, I was taking very long naps during the day, and of course, if you are sleeping, you can't drink water at the same time, then I wasn't drinking much water at night because I wanted to sleep, not make a dozen trips to the bathroom.

My cousin took me to the ER around 9am. The first thought was a possible blood clot in my lung. They got me started on fluids, and Zofran for the nausea, and did lab work. They also did CT scans of the chest and abdomen. My hemoglobin was ok, it was 9.6 (that was before the fluids though, it's probably lower now.) CT scan did not show any signs of a clot, but I had the start of bronchitis; that surprised me, as I did not have most of the typical symptoms for that, and I didn't have a cough, or a cold, but I am on an antibiotic for it now.

The CT scans did show though the cancer in the liver (the report says 50% of the liver is involved now, vs. 30% back in May) and lungs is worse, but most likely it's been the bronchitis making me feel so crappy. Last night I went to bed at 8pm, and had the best night of sleep that I have had in a long time; feeling so much better today. No nausea today either, so I think the nausea was caused by the "yuck" from the bronchitis dripping down into my stomach.
Anyway, it was around 2pm when I was finally released to go home.

But I know the cancer is probably growing faster than what we were all expecting, so next week, I'm going to make that call to start hospice. This won't mean I'm bedridden or housebound though; I'll only be using the services I need right now to start with, and they will be able to provide me with my pain meds without me having to go to the pain clinic. In Michigan, for certain pain meds, they cannot be called in to the pharmacy; you have to pick up the paper copy of the prescription from your doctor, and take it to the pharmacy yourself. With me not able to drive right now, that would one less thing for me to have to worry about. Also, if I get dehydrated like I did over this past weekend, they can also give me I.V. fluids in my home.

Penny is coming to town tomorrow for about week, starting tomorrow, to help me with some things again. Tomorrow our plans are to a little shopping, then stop at Biggby's ( kind of like a Starbucks but smaller, a regional chain); I have a card I got from them in the mail for a free drink during the month of my birthday, (which is not until the 27th, but I can use the card any time this month.)
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  • FLORIDASUN
    Blessings to you up in heaven my sweet beautiful friend! I'm so sorry I lost track of your blogs...I know you are still with us...now just in a different way! emoticon
    1726 days ago
  • OPALMOON
    Dear Shari,
    So sorry to read that you had such a bad time before finally getting the bronchitis diagnosis - thank goodness that was discovered and you are being treated for it. Organising the hospice services that are helpful to you is a good idea. If you can conserve some energy and if something can make your life easier, that is a wise choice. Great news that Penny will be back in town again.
    Hugs, love and blessings,
    Nattacia

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    1760 days ago
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    I am glad that you were able to get some relief from the bronchitis. emoticon
    1760 days ago
  • TIGERSEYEHEART
    Hi Shari. I hope they have good internet connection at the hospice, so that you can stay in touch with us all. One of my aunts just moved into a high-care nursing home, and she loves it there. She's actually gotten a little healthier since moving in because the care is so good. I hope it's the same for you.


    Hugs,
    Cristina
    1762 days ago
  • CARRILU
    I read your blogs and just kind of lurk but today I am sending you a most gentle hug emoticon and know that you are in my prayers often.
    1762 days ago
  • MOONGLOWSNANA
    Sorry for such a crappy day. I was concerned when there wasn't anything from you on Spark... I'm glad Penny will be back for the next week. She is such a great help when she comes to visit. I hope you're feeling better with the antibiotics working, Penny coming, your plan set in your mind and relief being close at home. Sending prayers and keeping you there.

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    1762 days ago
  • HANOVERLADY
    So glad the nausea is gone. Also glad that you have access to hospice, wonderful service and wonderful people that provide it.

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    1762 days ago
  • FLRED12
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  • GABY1948
    SO sorry to hear all of this...praying STILL here...won't ever quit....so thankful for Penny, she is your TRUE blessing!

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    1763 days ago
  • BECKYANNE1
    I'm sorry to hear this Shari. You've been going thru so much lately especially with the ER visits. emoticon
    1763 days ago
  • JANIEWWJD
    I hope you start feeling better! I'm so glad your friend is coming to help you! God bless you and protect you, my friend!
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    1763 days ago
  • ENDUROVET
    Glad you are feeling better...
    I'll be going for my own follow-up scans next month (10/22)
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    1763 days ago
  • YELLOW09RED
    Sending my hugs. Sorry you have the bronchitis. Glad you went.
    Have fun with Penny tomorrow.
    emoticon God bless you friend.
    Have a good week with Penny.
    I'm glad you will start with hospice.
    Take care.
    Debbie
    1763 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/9/2015 9:07:25 PM
  • PIMPINELLAN50
    It's good that hospice will bring the pain med's and give you I.V. fluids in your home.
    Hope that the bronchitis will clear up a.s.a.p. Glad that Penny is coming for a visit,enjoy
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    emoticon and Prayers as always. emoticon

    1763 days ago
  • LUCYCAN7
    Shari,so sorry to hear you are gonna have to start hospice.Glad
    Penny back to help you.It just makes me so sad Shari to read this.
    As always you are in my prayers and thoughts! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1763 days ago
  • CELLOPLAYER1
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  • ICECUB
    SHARI I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE FEELING BETTER. AT LEAST WITH HOSPICE YU WILL NOT HAVE TO GET OUT I THE COLS WEATHER FOR IVS AND MEDS. SO GLAD YOU HAVE PENNY. HAVE FUN SHOPPING. OH AND MY BD IS 9-25 ALMOST THE SAME DAY. AS ALWAYS PRAYING FOR YOU.
    1763 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    Your grace and matter-of-factness as you deal with cancer has given me information on how to help my youngest sister who was recently diagnosed with early stage ovarian cancer and starts chemo next week.

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    1763 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    I feel so sad. Big hug, Shari.
    1763 days ago
  • CRUISEGAL55
    Shari, Glad to read your update. Sorry to hear you were back in the ER. You had the BEST nights sleep in a while! emoticon
    Sending you Hugs & Prayers & more ZZZZZ emoticon
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    1763 days ago
  • KOFFEENUT
    So glad they diagnosed the bronchitis and you got some relief - not being able to sleep makes EVERYTHING feel worse!
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    1763 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/9/2015 5:29:42 PM
  • KETO_KIMBERLY
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    1763 days ago
  • MEWHENRYSMAMA
    I was concerned you might not be feeling well! I am glad they figured out what was going on and you are being treated for it before it has time to go into the throws of a case of bronchitis! I hope you feel better each day!
    I am sorry to hear you feel you must start hospice...but I can see the advantages for you and think it's wise to do! I hope it proves to be a good decision and they can be helpful to you!
    Sending thoughts and prayers!
    Love,
    Mary

    1763 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I think you are making a wise decision with hospice. NO traipsing out in the cold this winter for treatment.. Having your IV's right there will save you the exhausting trek to the hospital or clinic..
    Praying your bronchitis goes away quickly with the antibiotics.. Maybe now you can drink more fluids with no nausea.. God Bless..
    1763 days ago
  • FORZACHANDMATT
    I am so sorry to hear this - thinking of you and glad Penny is coming
    1763 days ago
  • PATRICIA441
    Oh Shari, It is hard to read this. God Bless you my dearest one.
    1763 days ago
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