I'm in hospital under observation because I felt feverish last night. This has never happened to me before, but it is impressed upon us chemo patients to go to the Emergency Department without delay if ever we have symptoms of fever. Infection can be dangerous without sufficient white blood cells to combat it. I felt unwell and shivery cold, but no infection could be found despite a thorough investigation by the Mater doctors. Actually, last night's tests showed my blood count is normal again (just 2 days after I was told 'no chemo' due to neutropenia). I'm very happy about this! I think it means I am fighting off something, and winning.
This morning I felt well and determined to get some exercise, encouraged by the doctor. I was hooked up to IV fluids and the apparatus was on a pole fixed to the bed. There had been some talk about a portable pole, but I was in a busy ward with some very sick patients and the nurses were run off their feet. I yanked out the heavy bed-pole and, carrying it over my shoulder, I set off to do some laps of the ward and climb some stairs. Well this caused a bit of a stir, and a portable pole was found for me very quickly! I am sorry for causing trouble, although I've learned that sometimes a little mischief sends a message that I'm well and it's time to send me home.
However, after lunch my temperature rose again for a while, so here I still am, dressed in thick white stockings and a ridiculous back-to-front gown. Really I'm ok so don't worry. Hopefully I can leave the hospital tomorrow, and go ahead with chemo on Tuesday.