This morning I woke up with my temperature returning to normal. Yesterday it was over 101, and my blood pressure was down to 86/54 for most of the day. Today, my temperature finally returned to normal, but they are keeping an eye on it. Yesterday I felt quite sick, so much so that it was a bit scary. In between those two problems I was also nauseated, as is regular with me because of the Xeloda® even during my off weeks. Also, since the problems with the breathing, the nausea was worse than usual and frequent as well. Today the nausea continues, but they are treating it with Zofran®, and that is helping. My husband also brought me some diet ginger ale, which always helps, so between my doses of Zofran, I am drinking the ginger ale. I have coughing spells as well, which seem to result from needing to clear out the lung.
I am also using my breathing apparatus as strongly recommended by everyone involved in my care. It is quite a challenge as I mentioned yesterday, but today I worked hard at doing it more often. I want to do whatever I can to help the healing. I still need the catheter, but they removed the PCA (patient-controlled analgesic) from my IV line and are giving me pain medications by mouth. This is progress, and I am pleased at this. We are still awaiting results from the arterial line blood tests before we will know what was causing the temperature.
Time to rest again while Marvin is away getting something to eat. I am sitting up in the chair, another bit of progress, but I will be getting back in bed as soon as I finish writing.
The ICU staff is very attentive and responds quickly to requests, which I find comforting. I feel fortunate to be having great care. Here they are to take another follow-up x-ray for the shortness of breath.
Till next time.
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