So - here I am again exactly one month from my last post and I think I must be in Groundhog Day. Ben recovered pretty well from his last infection and restarted chemotherapy on 8/26 (GEM/CIS). All was going well until this past Wednesday - 9/3 when he started getting a fever again, it started as a low grade fever in the morning and his Oncologist ordered blood tests and Leveaquin to try to get ahead of it without sending him to the hospital.
Unfortunately, the fever elevated quickly that day and a few hours later he had spiked to 103.9 - yikes! So, obviously off we went to the ER (at least this time it was 4:30 in the afternoon vs. his usual 11:00 PM at night). Anyway, once again he was admitted and the fever was brought under control relatively quickly and he's being treated with broad spectrum antibiotics (Vancomycin and Merrem).
For an added twist Ben through in some low platelets. On Tuesday at his checkup with the dr. his platelets were 89,000 - by Thursday they had dropped to 29,000! So, they did a blood transfusion (well I call it an "infusion"....as they just gave him blood - didn't take any out).
As of today (Friday 9/5) his platelets are on their way back up and he looks good. Doctors are still trying to determine the source of these infections. He had an MRI this afternoon and the GI doctor noticed what could be an abcess on his Liver. He notice a pretty significant "growth" there - and he said there is no way it could be tumor because it wouldn't have grown that big in a month, so he was pretty sure it was an abcess and was going to have a CT scan and have the radiologist attempt to drain it.
So - more twists in turns in the road. I'm a bit concerned because this will once again delay chemotherapy, and he really needs to get on a consistent path for that to keep things under control.
I'm off to investigate liver abcess on the board. (this board is still such an amazing source of information)!
My partner Ben was diagnosed in August 2010 with non-resectable stage IV intrahepatic CC with 6-18 months prognosis. He was 51 at the time - and he is now 55.
Don't give up!