The mystery infection revealed itself to me. My urine was darkening by the day, accompanied by tell-tale stinging. They say urinary tract infections (UTIs) are unusual in men. Good to know I'm not just another guy! My fever broke 24 hours after I started taking Levaquin. Undeniable symptoms appeared the same day. We looked up
My four day long, unrelenting fever is ongoing. I described it as a "neutropenic" fever yesterday, because it felt so much like a half dozen others I've had in the past. Turns out I was wrong. These were asymptomatic fevers, triggered by low neutrophil (mature white blood cell) counts following my first autologous (using my
Thanks for all of your thoughtful comments and emails! I'm still running a low grade temp, but I'm eating again and feeling stronger today--and my congestion is improving, too. So news on that front is all good. While I was at it, I thought I would add an update about what else myeloma related going
Never a dull moment. I woke up last night with a 101 degree fever. It's my fault; I pushed too hard this week. I'm not ashamed to admit that getting sick like this is unsettling. I'm congested and an upset stomach makes it difficult to eat. I spent the day sleeping and trying to stay
Danny Parker wrote a cautionary series of posts about why and how to avoid shingles last week. He touched on other infection risks, but I would like to share some specifics about it. Earlier in the week I mentioned I wasn't feeling well. Here's what happened. Pattie and I made a quick over-and-back trip to
As I sat down to write this morning, I realized that I haven't done a follow-up post about my recent medical up-and-downs. Once again, my interest in all things myeloma has gotten in the way. Hope I haven't worried anyone! Here's what's been going on. The antibiotics (Levaquin) that worked like magic at first must
In the Late Night with David Letterman tradition, here are the Top Ten ways that Pattie knows when I'm really sick: (10) I came home after work and found Pat asleep on the couch with our dog at his feet and two of our cats curled-up on top of him. (9) His hair isn't combed.