Thu: Despite my mouth feeling so awful and how hard it is for me to swallow, I’m not feeling as bad today as I did yesterday. Not feeling very lively though.
Got my blood results Thu afternoon. I’ve updated the results sheet. Neutrophils are 0.4. Phew!!!
Fri: It feels like I’m trying to push a boulder down my throat every time I swallow – that’s just saliva – nothing solid. I’m just a vessel for nurses and doctors to probe and check and pour things into. All my medication is now in fluid form, but it’s still really hard to take and I’m not sure if the Oromorph is having any effect at all. I have a slight temperature, so they are treating me with IV antibiotics, along with the fluids. They asked for a swab from my throat to send off to the lab. It made me gag badly, and sometimes when I take the medication, so they’re giving me an anti-emetic again.
Another visit from Prof Russell and entourage this morning. He confirmed that everything I’m going through is quite normal and to expect this to last a further 48 hours, after which time, I should begin to feel better.
I had to have a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia. They initially said I would have to go up there, but I protested miserably. In the end the radiology man came into my room with a huge portable machine. It was done in a matter of minutes and I could drop back off to sleep again.
I’ve been sleeping pretty much constantly since yesterday afternoon, only interrupted by annoying nurses pouring things into me, or clucking round repeating reassuring noises that I know off by heart now. Thank goodness I can sleep. I can’t speak, eat or do anything.
This is the first time today, I’ve actually sat up and I’m now feeling woozy/faint/dizzy, but that’s probably because I’ve not been able to eat anything. Typing is quite hard – I keep hitting the wrong keys. I can do no more than surrender.
Got blood results for Fri. Finally the neutrophils are at 0. Results sheet is updated.