I’M ON YELLOW! No, I’m not in kindergarten! Here’s how it started. At 4:00 am I wake up to start the chemo process, and then fall asleep. At 7:00 am I wake back up and realize that I am extremely short of breath. I can’t even finish a sentence! The nurse puts the oxygen thing on my finger and discovers I flunk my oxygenation score! This starts a whole day long series of events. I had numerous blood tests including one from an artery that was scary! I had 2 blood cultures, I was seen by my Bone Marrow Transplant Team of six Doctors (two of them twice), three cardiologists, and one pulmonary Doctor. I had chest x-rays this morning in my bed and one this afternoon in the lab, a CT scan of my chest, a sputum test, nasal wash culture, and have been on lasixs all day! The bottom line came from the pulmonary doctor. He said I definitely had (and still have a little bit) fluid on my lungs, probably not from my chemo, definitely not from my heart. So it’s either fluid from my IVs keeping my kidneys flushed for chemo, or the beginning of pneumonia. In the meanwhile I am on yellow until all the cultures come back which is usually 2 or 3 days. Yellow means every time I leave my room, besides the normal gloves and mask I put on, I also have to wear a yellow gown. And any person including doctors and nurses have to do the same when they enter my room. Plus I have a big yellow ball on my door! BOO!
No matter what they do to you here at MDA, there is always someone being wheeled by in much worse shape and it really puts things into perspective for me. Gratefulness…my goal is to get well and never lose sight of thankfulness and gratefulness. Here is one thing I am grateful for: that they make these IV poles big enough! Seven bags were hanging on my pole at 4:30 am and Joaquin just added 2 new ones to the pole, vancomycin and cefepime, just in case!