Yet another half day spent in the ER
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
I had to make another ER visit yesterday; had not been feeling very good again the past few days before that, and was nauseous too. The rapid heart rate seemed to be getting worse, and I wasn't sleeping much at night either. Yesterday morning I also had the dry heaves and even water made me nauseous. I had gotten dehydrated over the weekend too; since I was not able to sleep at night, I was taking very long naps during the day, and of course, if you are sleeping, you can't drink water at the same time, then I wasn't drinking much water at night because I wanted to sleep, not make a dozen trips to the bathroom.
My cousin took me to the ER around 9am. The first thought was a possible blood clot in my lung. They got me started on fluids, and Zofran for the nausea, and did lab work. They also did CT scans of the chest and abdomen. My hemoglobin was ok, it was 9.6 (that was before the fluids though, it's probably lower now.) CT scan did not show any signs of a clot, but I had the start of bronchitis; that surprised me, as I did not have most of the typical symptoms for that, and I didn't have a cough, or a cold, but I am on an antibiotic for it now.
The CT scans did show though the cancer in the liver (the report says 50% of the liver is involved now, vs. 30% back in May) and lungs is worse, but most likely it's been the bronchitis making me feel so crappy. Last night I went to bed at 8pm, and had the best night of sleep that I have had in a long time; feeling so much better today. No nausea today either, so I think the nausea was caused by the "yuck" from the bronchitis dripping down into my stomach.
Anyway, it was around 2pm when I was finally released to go home.
But I know the cancer is probably growing faster than what we were all expecting, so next week, I'm going to make that call to start hospice. This won't mean I'm bedridden or housebound though; I'll only be using the services I need right now to start with, and they will be able to provide me with my pain meds without me having to go to the pain clinic. In Michigan, for certain pain meds, they cannot be called in to the pharmacy; you have to pick up the paper copy of the prescription from your doctor, and take it to the pharmacy yourself. With me not able to drive right now, that would one less thing for me to have to worry about. Also, if I get dehydrated like I did over this past weekend, they can also give me I.V. fluids in my home.
Penny is coming to town tomorrow for about week, starting tomorrow, to help me with some things again. Tomorrow our plans are to a little shopping, then stop at Biggby's ( kind of like a Starbucks but smaller, a regional chain); I have a card I got from them in the mail for a free drink during the month of my birthday, (which is not until the 27th, but I can use the card any time this month.)