I brought Alice home a few hours ago after several days in the hospital, about 7 hours or so at the University Hospital ER and 2 days plus in the Huntsman Cancer Hospital (HCH)
Here is what happened and I will try to be brief and factual. About 3 weeks ago (it really feels that long ago, but it was just this Monday, march 22 just around midnight) I had to rush Alice to the ER after she had some vomiting, diarrhea etc late in the evening. She was totally drained of energy and was generally out of it. After a little bit of wait (they were getting ready for two trauma patients to take care of immediately) she was taken in and put through a bunch of tests, blood draw etc. Her electrolytes were pretty much messed up and her sodium levels were very low. It is just a good thing that we did not know how bad it was because we would have panicked. The doctor at the HCH later told us that he had seen only one case just a little lower than Alice’s level and that patient was in or near coma when she came in.
As they built up her sodium levels slowly (apparently they can’t raise it too fast) she was beginning to feel better. Well, it took them 2 whole days in HCH to get her sodium levels up to reasonable level and all her vital signs were back to normal. The final diagnosis was hyponatremeia, probably caused by chemo in combination with the blood pressure medicine she started to take about a week and a half ago. I am glad to have her home and be her old self and she is all of that now.
It was a hellish “three days” for her and me and I hope the next round of chemo is not a repeat of the first one.
Alice’s hair is just starting to come undone. I have promised to give her a hair trim to get it short enough. I will do that as soon as she would let me this evening.
Life with Alice has always been interesting with never a dull moment. It continues to be so.
P.S: Thanks to all of you who put up with my last post and posted the nice comments.