Monday, 5 March 2012

Not your average Friday...

I hadn't felt great most of Friday morning. Very light headed and my blood pressure had been pretty low, as well as my temperature on the increase. I had been  given an energy milkshake to compensate for lack of eating and to try and boost my energy. This resulting in most of it being thrown up, luckily caught in a bowl, but none the less... This was the first time I had thrown up or even felt nauseous since starting the transplant. Not a bad record. Eventhough I felt slightly better after having thrown up, I felt that the day wasn't going to end very well... And I was right.

From this, I had felt pretty rough for the rest of the day and spent the rest of the day in bed trying to sleep, which is really difficult when you can't stop scratching. I later got up to go to the toilet, came out feeling very light headed, my mum saw and ran over, shouting for my dad who caught me as I fainted. Next thing I know, I'm sat on the floor with my arm stretched over the doctor's leg, six to eight nurses running around trying to get me to come around. After a couple of minutes, I'm aware of what's going on, I had to wait on the floor for a few more minutes. They then moved me to the bed where I had to lay with my legs in the air to get the blood flowing back to my head and was hooked on to drips of fluids and a jelly like substance.

After coming back to slight normality, the doctor came me a full check over, put me on another platelet infusion had a look at my picc line and was not happy, She thought it looked infected and wanted it taken out straight away. There went picc line number two! The nurse removed it and it did look gross. She sent the end off for testing to check whether it was infected or not. Now that this has been removed, anuthing IV goes through a canular and they can take blood the normal way. This is not ideal, but the best they can do, and I'm not sure they want to fit a third line.

As for the rash, which is still quite dominant, they assumed it was an allergic reaction to anti-biotics (penicillin) and have subsequently taken me off it, but now they might think it is to do with the GCSF injections I have been having to top up stem cells (the same injections as before the stem cell harvest) but I had my last one of these today. We shall see what the result is. As well as this allergy, my skin has become very sensitive to the dressings used to cover up various wounds and has blistered around the areas the plasters once were. They're pretty minging, just have to wait for them to go on their own.

My hair and beard which had also started to grow back, are now falling out again. Going to need some more hats...

Right, I think that's it for the meantime! If there is anything I have forgotten, I shall add it to the next post! X

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