Apr 04, 2012 - 10:28 pm
Two days after the 7th round with just the Gem, she had fever with chills. Into hospital for a week to find out she had an infection (cellulitus) from the port. While in the hospital receiving antibiotics, she developed new blood clots in the legs. (has had a history of DVT's before). 3week break from chemo to regain strength.
8th round of chemo last Friday, back into hospital on Monday. Fever, chills and both legs a hot mess of cellulitis. (also more blood clots).
Mom has been on coumadin (blood thinner) for several years, but the Gemcitibine alone seems to make those blood levels dip quickly - causing clots and infection.
Needless to say, once she is released, it's another 3week recovery period.
Will talk to the Oncologist to see if there is something we can do to keep the blood levels stable while on chemo. I just feel like this is a little set back. She knows that chemo is a "forever thing" and wants to be in the fight. We are (all) frustrated by this and hope we find a solution soon. My sisters and I are dedicated to helping her stay in the battle for as long as she can.
I know hospitals get old fast and she is "over it" already. Made her laugh tonight by putting on her wig and taking a silly picture of us together. I know it's strange, but in my family when we feel like crying, we make each other laugh!!!
Came home tonight and made a stiff drink. Tomorrow is another day.