Feb 22, 2012 - 6:38 pm
So I finished up with my 5th round of chemo last week, had severe joint pain and developed a cold on top of everything else. I've been as sick as I've ever been, feel like my lungs are on fire and haven't slept but a few hours since Saturday. I have not had a fever but I called my onc nurse today anyway and after conferring with the doctor they prescribed me a round of antibiotics even though my symptoms don't suggest a bacterial infection. The problem is that I have had my WBC counts drop dangerously low after every chemo treatment and I'm approaching that time where I will be in that danger zone and fighting a cold so they are trying to be preventive.
If I do develop a fever they've suggested a chest xray but right now its a wait and see approach. I was also told to use over the counter medicines as needed which was something I avoided lest it mask a fever.
Does this sound right? For some reason I thought a bigger deal would be made over having a severe cold, though without the fever, I guess being miserable isn't enough to warrant sending out the cavalry.