Topic: Fevers & side-effects - Nasty!!
Sorry to write so graphically - I hope I don't offend anyone
Susan's on her second Chemo regimen, having finished 8 cycles of Gem/Cis last year. She had 7 Chemo-free months & started her second regimen of 8 cycles last October. She should have finished in April - just before her BIG birthday but, with infection after infection, she's just finished Cycle 7. She was due to start Cycle 8 next week but she's back in hospital, so I doubt it will start on time. It's really distressing her that her Chemo-end-date is being pushed back & back & back, so that she feels it will never end. I feel so sad for her.
On Wednesday night she was very subdued & at 01:00 on Thursday morning I was woken by the sound of retching. I went to her room & she was lying in bed with vomit pouring from her mouth & a temperature of 40.3 degrees C. The vomit had the colour, texture & smell of diarrhoea & she was completely oblivious to the fact she was lying in it.
I managed to roll her out of it & called 999.
Still only semi-conscious, she followed me downstairs & lay down on the floor at the foot of the stairs, where she continued to be sick until the paramedics arrived. They were shocked at the speed of events & got her into A&E & onto an antibiotic drip admirably fast.
Apparently, her blood pressure & potassium levels were very low & they're keeping her on intravenous antibiotics over the weekend. They're not sure if it's a recurrence of last year's Norovirus or a reaction to the Chemo.
I'm getting pretty used to infections & spiking temperatures, but the memory of that vomit is still with me. Cleaning it up made me retch & it took ages to get the dreadful smell out of the house & out of my nose.
Have others had this experience? Is it the smell of Chemo, do you reckon? Or just a bug which hit her weakened immune system particularly hard?
She's doing very well on the antibiotics & has no recollection of the episode at all.