Monday, May 2, 2011

Another Fever

So, once again when Joel was just about to clear his 24 hours of being fever free..... he spiked another fever so we are still in hospital. Blood cultures were taken again but so far they aren't growing anything. The assumption then is that the fevers are caused by the chemo and not an infection. On the plus side, Joel cleared his methotrexate in record time.... less than 24 hours which is the fastest the nurses have ever seen anyone get it out of their system.
What I learned about methotrexate this time around is that it leaves the system through the digestive tract. Being toxic, poisonous and deadly, it damages and kills the cells it comes into contact with. So just like snakes shed their skin, after having methotrexate the kids shed the lining of their digestive system. Gross. Mouth sores and stomach pain are Joel's biggest complaints. One good thing about him having a fever and staying in hospital is that he is still getting fluid through the IV. He hasn't been eating or drinking much. I am running out of bribes.

Maybe things are starting to turn around for the better, today he ate a bite of lettuce, a small omelet and 4 ravioli. I bought him a cheesecake but he wouldn't even touch it.  He denies this all of course and says that he ate way more. 

I got another square for the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt almost finished. I found a new chocolate flavor, salt and pepper. It was yummy. I put off running today because it was raining in Vancouver but then Rachel told me that if I am going to be in Vancouver and if I am serious about learning how to run, then I will have to learn how to run in the rain. That girl is so smart and I am glad I listened to her advice. I got soaked and looked like a drowned rat, but I had the best run ever. Now I want more chocolate.....

1 comment:

  1. My goodness, that Rachel sounds like one smart girl. Maybe she ought to take her own advice and start running again too. The square looks beautiful. Can't wait to see how the whole quilt is coming along. Nice to see Joel smiling in the pictures, hope you are feeling better now... love you and we are praying for you.