Beware of Colds

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   Posted 8/14/2005 1:18 AM (GMT -7)   
As we all know, while on chemo you have to be aware of the little things..such as a cold. I started feeling like I was coming down w/ a cold last weekend. I talked to my chemo nurse about it on Tues but I really didn't have any symptoms other than a small cough and a runny nose. No temp. Blood counts were all fine so I had my chemo. She told me the standard if I had a temp, chills, etc. As this week has progressed, the cough got worse but no temp. I took Ibuprofin 800 and it took away any little aches that I had. Well, I noticed yesterday that I was having more problems breathing and my cough was worse but we have had a change in the weather here in Mo...RAIN FOR 24 HRS...FIRST IN 3 MOS! So I attributed my breathing difficulties to the damp humidity. Tonite I finally decided that I needed to go to the ER. I requested a chest xray and I have pneumonia. So, please be aware that a small cold can turn quickly into something bigger. If you get a cough, get it checked out or call your onco and get on an antibotic. Dumb thing is that I had the antibotic in my med cabinet and didn't take it. The ER dr said that he had seen several patients that were presently on chemo that had pneumonia.

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   Posted 8/14/2005 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry you have pneumonia on top of everything else. I hope you will rest and get better quickly. It really is a good thing you went to the ER when you did. Take care, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs MK

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   Posted 8/14/2005 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, deb...I'm so sorry you got sick! We got alot of that rain here in kansas too and I am not feeling quite right but no fever either. I think I will go ahead and take my antibiotics just to be safe.

It's funny cause before doctors always tried to pooh, pooh me when I had aches and pains or felt "funny" my doctor says go ahead and use the antibiotic if I don't feel good. lol


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   Posted 8/14/2005 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Deb, hope you are feeling better soon. Please rest.

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   Posted 8/14/2005 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks so much for the warning, I will be going back to work and have been worried about exposure to people. I will have to make sure I listen to my body and not wait. Make sure you get lots of fluids and REST. I know that is not always possible but is the best thing for you.

I hope you get better soon

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   Posted 8/14/2005 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, I havent hit chemo yet, but I'm wondering, as a high school teacher, how am I supposed to avoid crowds? And all of the kids that come to school with colds... I usually get a cold in October anyways. Is there any way that I can decrease my chances of getting ill? 

There are no wrong turnings, only paths we did not know we were meant to take - Guy Gavriel Kay

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   Posted 8/14/2005 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Bern and Chantry, please check with your oncologist about this....I have a desk job and work with about 250-300 people in the office, but day to day contact was more limited. THey did tell me to stay out of movies and malls during the one week when counts are low, so they may advise you something more strict for that short time span. The rest of the time should be ok. I kept a bottle of Purell hand sanitizer at my desk and in my purse to help keep the germs away, but please ask your onc how to handle any crowds.

And Deb, so sorry you are sick! What a bummer! Hopefully those antibiotics are kicking in and you are feeling better already.....


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   Posted 8/16/2005 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, I'm so sorry!  What a thing to have happen.  Not what you need right now.  Take care of yourself!  I hope you have a speedy recovery!  Sending health angels your way.
L & H,

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   Posted 8/16/2005 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry you're not feeling well. I keep seeing posts about stying away from malls and stuff at certain times. I have a question with this staying away from sick people and stuff and chemo. Do you do this like a couple of days after chemo? Or about when would your blood count be low, 2,3,4 days after chemo. I work in an office but there is only 4 of us that sit in there, but my office is also in the warehouse where it is quite dirty. I hate to think that I may have to take a few days off. I can't afford it and don't have any sick time until January.
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