"I'm afraid you've got a very rare infection" said my Doctor, three weeks ago. I knew it wasn't good as it was 7pm when he rang me! "Oh, what have I got?" I asked and my doc said "It's called Klebsiella Pneumonia". Thinking it was a funny name I responded by saying "But I haven't been clubbing in Ibiza". There was a silence and my doc said "Oh I didn't know you'd been abroad"! lol Whoops - I then had to explain it was my poor attempt at trying to inject some humour.
So, for the past 3 weeks, my chemo has been cancelled :( It's not ideal but the good news is that it doesn't make much of a difference to my treatment plan. If you're feeling poorly and have chemo it can really set you back so you need to be as healthy as you can be to fight off infections.
How did I get this? No idea! It started on a Monday that I woke up with what felt like a waterworks infection. It was a bit uncomfortable so I got an appointment with my GP, duly taking a little sample pot with me (tmi lol)! He dipped the urine and said "yes, there's something there so I'll send it off" but in the meantime, he gave me some antibiotics. On the Wednesday I had my chemo and remembering mentioning to the nurses that I'd felt a bit "off". At the beginning of each chemo session they ask you how you are and make a note so that they can build up a general picture of your health. Anyway, chemo went ahead without a hitch.
Thursday morning I woke up with a temperature of 37.6. That doesn't sound much to worry about, but when you're having chemo, you MUST contact your team if you temperature hits 37.8 or above. My temperature is usually quite low, hovering around 36 so I knew this was "high" for me. Throughout the day I felt myself going downhill and by 2pm I was in agony with an horrendous pain in my chest when I breathed in. Long story short, I phoned my GP and for the first time ever, asked if somebody could come out to see me. GP arrived 30 minutes later (how's that for a fantastic service?) and I was shuffled off to hospital.
Long story short (why have I said that twice lol ?), it was the Friday when my GP phoned with the results of my sample that he'd sent off on Tuesday. Of course I did what I shouldn't (when will I learn) and found that there's a 50% death rate with Klebsiella Pneumonia. OMG. WHAT? I decided to ignore that though and concentrate on taking as many tablets as they could throw at me to beat it.
Although I tried to keep going, I could feel myself going downhill pretty fast and the last 2.5 weeks have been tough. I could hardly speak without coughing and sleeping and coughing don't really go together (!) I've tried to do normal things and not let it beat me and have taken more tablets than a pharmacy dispenses in a day. At my worst, I was struggling to get off the sofa and walk to the kitchen but everyday, I've got a bit better.
Yesterday though I get the new best news ever! I've beaten it and chemo will start again next week! Yeah! Never thought I'd be happy to get back on the chemo wheel! Only another 8 weekly cycles of chemo and then that's done. I can't wait. I'm on official countdown!
So, all I have going round in my head is the theme tune from Rocky - so I don't want to be alone! I hope this invades your brain now too! lol