|Mom and I at the oncologist before heading to the hospital|
Home sweet home--I was discharged from St.Joes oncology wing today after my 5 day stay. When I originally called my oncologist and left a teary, urgent message stating something was wrong and I wanted to go to the hospital I wasn't prepared that I would actually be admitted. I went to the oncologist and got lots of fluids and morphine and it was decided that I would be better off if I was admitted--so into Tacoma we went where I was able to stay on the oncology wing (St. Joes was such a great experience compared to my last stay at St. Francis). I wasn't ignored by nurses and I felt like my concerns were taken seriously and the staff was very accommodating to my boisterous family, my constant insomnia and chit-chat.
|Nick, Me, Kristi|
The bone pain was incredible. I am still shocked that my body could be in that amount of pain, I don't think I could have managed that on my own--thanks for all the positive vibes and thank heaven for morphine. My counts were low, but remained somewhat steady. I am no longer a blood transfusion virgin. I received 2 bags of blood while at the hospital. I had a panic attack when the nurse was trying to draw blood from my port and was having issues--I kept having to move my head a certain way, lay back, breathe deep....the pain and the medication I was on compounded and I began to cry hysterically. The poor nurse (who I had the others days as well and she was wonderful) was shocked and not sure what to do. Luckily for me, I had Scott on one side of me and Kerri on the other holding my hands and trying to calm me down........it worked.
|My new blood|
|the CNA wanted me to stay hydrated|
Mom was here for part of my stay as well, which was an extra bonus. When I was hospitalized last time she had already left after taking care of me post chemo--it was nice so she could see how I was doing in person without it being relayed to her--less stress for both of us.
|Scott, Me, Luke|
I will have my labs drawn and meet with my oncologist on Thursday to see where we are. Right now I am so bloaty it hurts. My feet, ankles, hands, belly, face, .................everywhere is sore and bloaty. I am left with pain medication, THC pills, and mouth wash. Because my counts were low and I was not as diligent with my preventative care while in the hospital and I now have mouth sores again! Still waiting to catch a break.
|Josh, Me, Allison|