"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"

Martin Luther King, Jr.



Saturday, January 31, 2009

Hospital Update

I took mom to the emergency room this morning due to a fever and headache. She was advised by her Dr. to notify them immediately if such symptoms occurred due to a recent blood clot in her arm found last Sunday.

They took a blood draw to check her counts and culture samples to look for signs of infection. Blood results came back pretty low and they found some bacteria present. We don't have the culture samples back yet.

She's currently at Memorial Medical Center Room E258 but is NOT able to receive fresh flowers, fruit or veggies and is required to be on a Neutropenic Diet until instructed otherwise. We expect for her to be in the hospital for 7 days to receive the IV antibiotic, fluids and get her blood counts into the normal range. Any visitors are welcome but must not have any cold symptoms and need to use the antibacterial hand sanitizer upon entering the room.

Prior to this little bump in the road, Mom has been doing so wonderful! She's gained a few pounds, has been eating great and no longer has the stomach pain or heart palpitations. Today's recent blow is not a surprise and unfortunately is just the nature of the situation. As her body is trying to heal the chemo and radiation are doing the opposite. She looks fantastic and is just as beautiful as ever. This is just a lesson for us in realizing the sensitivity of the her current condition and how she needs to really take it easy so her body can heal.

We'll keep you posted!
Love you all!

What is a neutropenic diet?
A neutropenic (nu-tro-PEE-nik) diet is for people with weakened immune systems. This diet helps protect them from bacteria and other harmful organisms found in some food and drinks. If your immune system is not working well, your body may have a hard time protecting itself from these bacteria. Cooking foods (like beef, chicken, fish, and eggs) completely makes sure that all bacteria are destroyed.

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