I know it is way past due that I write, but since the last surgery , I've had another minor one and have been literally in a doctor's office, hospital, or blood donor room every day for the last three weeks. This is my first day where I have no medical duties to adhere to.
I did get a little camera, so I am working on getting some material to put up on this site so you maybe can actually put a face to a name and join along with the experience.
I had a surgery to put a catheder through my chest, rib cage, and into my heart so I can get chemo, bloodwork, a fun thing called leukaphoresis - all while not getting poked so much.
From the beginning, I went from the operating room to the Hope Lodge , where I will be staying until this is over, hopefully by mid-November. After the operation, I was in the hospital getting chemo for the next three days. I did not get sick, but had the usual fatigue. With chemo comes a shot in the abdo...
White blood cells are produced by your bone marrow to help your body fight infection. If you have fewer than normal white blood cells, you have a higher risk of getting an infection.
Breast cancer treatments that can lower your white blood cell count:
Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab)
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatanib)
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab)
If you get an infection because you have a low white blood cell count, your symptoms may include:
fever (call your doctor immediately if your fever is higher than 101.5 degrees F)
sore throat or cough
shortness of breath
vaginal discharge, itching, or burning during urination
an injury site becomes red, swollen, or warm
Boosting your white blood cell count
If you have a low white blood cell count, your doctor can prescribe medicines to help stimulate your immune system after each round of chemotherapy. Your doctor also may decide to stop you...
<p><strong>What Is Hypertension? </strong></p>
<p>Hypertension (high blood pressure) is characterized by a persistent increase in the force that the blood exerts upon the walls of the arteries. It is normal for this force to increase with stress or physical exertion, but with hypertension, blood pressure is high even at rest.</p>
<p>Because blood pressure in the arteries rises and falls with each heartbeat, it is measured with two numbers: <strong>systolic</strong> (the top number in a reading) and <strong>diastolic</strong> (the bottom number). The systolic number reflects the force of blood against the arterial walls each time the heart contracts. Diastolic pressure refers to the pressure within the arteries as the heart relaxes and refills with blood (which explains why the diastolic number is always lower than the systolic measurement).</p>
<p>Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (abbr...
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