First and Second chemo treatments (March 5 to April 30, 2009)
The MRSA incident forced me to stay in the hospital much longer than I was supposed to. So, I had to start my second chemo treatment without going home for a break. I was still being treated for the MRSA abscess and was getting heavy doses of Vancomycin, a very powerful antibiotic. Between the heavy doses of chemo and vanco, I did get pretty sick one or two times. I got high fevers with nausea and lack of appetite. Fortunately, it did not last long thanks to all the "rescue" medicines the hospital gave me. I had to get another intrathecal treatment as well. This time it had to be administered through the spine. I was pretty nervous about this because I did not know how painful a spinal tap would be. I was worrying over nothing. It went well with very little pain. The procedure was performed in Radiology with precision similar to a surgery. The injection area is numbed well and the needle used for the tap is small and less painful. Before the chemo was injected, they withdrew a sample of spinal fluid to look for leukemia cells. I was blessed to find out that the fluid was clean with no leukemia present. The chemo brought my blood counts down pretty low, so I had to start getting blood and platelet transfusions. I was apprehensive about getting these transfusions. I have never gotten a transfusion in my life and was concerned that the blood could be tainted. I was told that the blood and platelets are carefully screened and irradiated, so the chance of getting a pathogen like HIV or Hepatitis was extremely rare. I got the transfusions with no major incidents except for a minor allergic reaction to the platelets, which was hives. Benadryl took care of this reaction quickly. It didn't take much time for my blood counts to come back up to a safe level, and I was discharged from the hospital on April 30. I still had to take Vancomycin through an IV so that the MRSA abscess could be completely eliminated, therefore I had to make arrangements for home infusion. I took home IV equipment for gravity infusion, and it went fairly well. By fairly well, I meant that I did make a mistake. It was time for an infusion of vanco. I went to get a bag of the medicine, and I picked up a bag of sodium chloride instead. I hooked up everything and started the infusion. About ten minutes later, I saw an extra bag of vanco in the refrigerator and realized I goofed. Oh well, no harm was done and I even got some extra hydration. The next week and a half flew by, and I had to go back to the hospital on May 11.
Thanks to all my readers and followers for taking the time to visit and read my posts. As a closing note, I want to do something here to give back what God has done for me. It is "very important" that you know how to get to heaven. I beg you to keep reading! It is a fact that when you die, you will spend eternity in two places: heaven or hell. You do not want to spend eternity in hell. Think of the worst day or worst pain you've ever had and imagine enduring it FOREVER with no end. This is hell. I do not want anyone, not even the most evil person in the world, to go to hell. God will send everyone to hell who does not have faith in Jesus to forgive his/her sins. All humans are born sinners. It is in our nature to do evil and wrong things. It is impossible not to sin, so without Jesus we would automatically go to hell. If you don't know who Jesus is, I beg of you to rectify that immediately. If you do not want to do this because you think it's churchy, know this: It is not about church.YOU DO NOT EVEN HAVE TO GO TO CHURCH. Just pray to Him anywhere, and he will come in, forgive your sins, and you have a guaranteed ticket to heaven. I want everyone to go to heaven and no one to go hell, except the devil himself. One of the things I look forward to when I get to heaven is watching the devil suffering in hell for eternity because of all the things he has done on this earth in its history!