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Hospital? No way!

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Hospital? No way!

I try to publish my posts by 10 am Eastern time every day.  That deadline is “soft,” especially on the weekends.  If I don’t post on time, some of you email me, worried that something is wrong.  Normally it’s a merely a scheduling conflict if I’m late.  But not today.  Today your concern was warranted.

Despite wearing a mask on the planes and around the airport earlier this week, I knew that I was coming down with a cold following my last trip.  A cold?  Does an extremely sore throat, chest congestion, chronic cough and a 102 degree fever count?  Colds take on a whole new, more serious meaning after you have a stem cell transplant, don’t they?

I didn’t feel well enough to work today.  Feeling a bit better now.  Temp is down to 101.5 degrees and my fever headache is improving.

Yesterday I had my monthly check-up with my medical oncologist, Dr. Malhotra, and his Physicians Assistant named Ann.  I mentioned to her that I felt like I was catching a cold.  Ann said my lungs sounded clear and I didn’t have a fever.  What a difference 24 hours can make!

I’m guessing that if I was running a 102 degree fever and felt the way I do now, then, they would have tried convincing me to head across the street to Oak Hill  hospital.   But I try to avoid that option whenever possible.  People get sick in hospitals!

Fortunately, I have some antibiotics at the ready that I take along with me on trips, just in case I start coming down with something.  Hopefully these bright pink “horse pills” will help.  So will staying hydrated.

I hope to get back on track tomorrow.  Feel g00d and keep smiling!  Pat