Completing radiation with pneumonitis
Lorelei feels better today than she did yesterday but is still running a fever and coughing. We don't yet have the results of the blood cultures taken last night at the ER, but Dr. Confer thinks they will be clear. He thinks her fever and shortness of breath is likely a mild radiation pneumonitis and dehydration. (Her lungs have endured some seriously irritating rays for the past 5 weeks and are inflamed. This could actually get worse in the next several weeks. If it does, it can be treated with high dose steroids. Please pray it doesn't.)
Lorelei will receive a few bags of fluid via IV tomorrow before her last radiation treatment. She's got a nice case of mucositis which is further dehydrating her tired little body, so a combination of IV and oral hydration should really help. She's being very good about staying orally hydrated (even through the pain) since the alternative is hospitalization. That's serious motivation; she hates being in the hospital.
"Normal" cancer fighting people throw a party when they complete radiation. I doubt we'll celebrate. It feels anticlimactic for Lorelei since she's had the treatments out of their normal order; she still has to do the transplant. Nobody ever accused Lorelei of being normal anyway.
Houston, here we come. (Well, in 4 to 6 weeks.) Gotta go find an apartment to rent till mid November!
Posted on Wed, June 12, 2013
by Andrea Decker