Sunday, August 15, 2010
Back in the hospital, this time to the Cardiac Care Unit
Last night (Saturday) about 4AM Sheila was vomitting and short of breath. We went right over to the Emergency Room and they put her on oxygen and took blood to find out what was wrong. She had been feeling more run down the last few days and though her blood work at the Cancer Center showed good blood counts, something was not right. The blood samples came back that she had acute anemia. They also did chest xrays and sent her up to the CCU (cardiac care unit) where we are right now. They ran alls kinds of other tests to see how her heart is doing and they still do not have a good answwer at this time. They gave her one unit of whole blood and her counts are starting to look good again. She has an elelvated heart rate and that could be due to anemia though. The cardiologist was in just before I returned to her room and told her his feelinng at this time is that he does not thing that the root problem is her heart, that something else is affecting it and they are runninng more tests. He is in contact with Dr. DiStephano and we should no more tomorrow when he comes by. They are also giving her some medications to protect her heart from stress until they determine the cause of all this. Right now (9:14PM Sunday) she is feeling better than when we got here and even ate some of her lunch and dinner. Not much more can be said, we just have to wait and see what the doctors can find out and do about all this. That last round of chemo is twice as potent as anything she had in the past and they had to test her heart before giving it to her. That round ended over 3 weeks ago so I don't know what to think about all this developing now. I have many questions when I see Dr. DiStephano tomorrow.
Posted by Steve Chase at 9:17 PM