Monday, May 31, 2010

Oh boy!

Kristin insisted I post something about today so here it goes:
After about 7PM last night, Kristin called the Doctor's office with symptoms ranging from chills to a fever. I was able to grab a new antibiotic for her around 10PM and things seemed to be going okay. In the early morning hours, Bear and Bella started barking like mad. I assumed it was one of the neighbor's cats but got out of bed to take a look anyway. Just then, I heard a faint voice from the bathroom. Kristin had passed out...fainted. I rushed over and saw she had totally fallen on the stone floor, smashed the side of her cheek and was bleeding. Once we got her back to bed we kept a close eye on her fever....per doctor's rec. At dawn, Dianne came over and Kristin and I went to St. Joe's emergency for testing. Her white blood count was 0.3 ?!?!? Last Monday, it was at 25,000. She was instantly classified as neutropenic and everyone was wearing masks around us...pretty spooky and scary. However, I knew we were in the right place and in good hands. Dr. Wendt feels it might be a reaction to an early antibiotic she has been taking for last week's skin rash infection. It could also be due to the reconstruction— we'll see with the additional testing. Essentially, she will be staying in the hospital until Thursday receiving heavy intervenous antibiotic doses to knock out the infection and bring back the white blood cell count. I just left the hospital and am heading back first thing in the morning. When I left, she said this wasn't her idea of celebrating my 40th birthday...don't sweat it sweetie, they'll be plenty of time for that... let's call it a rain check!

11 comments:

  1. Oh my, Nick. What a turn. We will be praying for Kristin like crazy. I'll notify our prayer chain at church. SO glad she's in the hospital and being cared for under such excellent supervision. Thank goodness for Bear and Bella! We're here for absolutely anything you need. Love, love... McQueens

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  2. virginia (Nick's Mom)June 1, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Okay. Here we have proof that angels come in all guises! Thank you, Bella and Bear. But -- fainting and falling had to be awful! Poor you, Kristin. And scary for Nick too. I'm so grateful you're in the hospital now, though, where your good Dr. Wendt can get your counts up and get totally rid of this infection. It's hard to get rest in a hospital, but I hope you sleep when you can. Remember all of us who are cheering you on and sending you our love and prayers for angels of every kind, at every turn! XOXO

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  3. Nick...our thoughts and prayers are with you both (especially today). Kristin is so strong...she is a fighter. I know you will get through this. Please let us know if there is anything you need. xoxo...Lisa & Jeff Geyser

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  4. I'm very sorry to hear of Kristin's scary setback. Please remind her that this is only a setback. I believe she has the fight in her to beat all of this! I'll keep her and all the family in my prayers. Keep being such a wonderful support for her, as a cancer patient myself support has really strengthened my mind and body. Hang in there Kristin. from Christie in Tucson.

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  5. I am sorry to hear. That must have been very scary! I hope the next time fainting and/or stitches occur, it is after celebrating your next birthday in a drunken stupor! We are keeping you in our thoughts! Karey and Todd

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  6. Blessings to you from Eugene, Oregon! Your blog link was sent to me via Laura, one of Claudia's friends. Three years ago today, I was officially diagnosed with breast cancer in my right breast. And not just any ol' breast cancer, but a good sized, aggressive lump and then some, along with most of my lymph nodes testing positive. I went through 4 blasts of chemo before my mastectomy & lymph node removal and then 4 more afterwards. Oh yeah, I had to do Herceptin infusions for year for that pesky aggressive marker! Hang in there Kristin!! It doesn't feel like it, but it will be over before you know it! Three years for me and now I have a full head of hair and a nice set of boobs but best of all - I'm here. A couple of products that I would recommend - Traditional Medicinals Smooth Move Tea and also their Ginger Aid Tea. They were part of my daily routine. Big hug to you, but not too big cuz I know it hurts!
    Marena Anspach

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  7. Kristin & Nick--thinking of you and your gorgeous children...wish I could join the hordes of meal supplying, LV scarf gifting, errand running people but I will continue to send prayers your way from Portland. much love, the former emily mattson

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  8. Krisitn, Just saw this latest 'detour in the road' they will have your white count up and running before you know it! Praise God for those doggie angels. Prayer warriors will be very busy while you are in the hospital Kristin rest as well as you can. Nick keep doing what you are doing and sleep every chance you can...blessings and hugs, Deborah (your Mom's friend in the Poconos)

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  9. Hi guys, let us know if we can do anything to help out....

    Peter and Cindy (Your chemo buddy......), and alexandra.

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  10. Kristin and family--Love and quick turnaround wishes from Portland. I'm a friend of Claudia's and a huge admirer of Kristin's grace, grit, and moxie (I'm not 85 by the way, the word moxie is just right). You are in my family's thoughts and prayers everyday. Keep up your amazing fight! Love, Doe Hatfield and co.

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  11. Ok - so I'm glad your in the hospital having some great food and relaxation and of course, the reality shows.
    Sorry you had such a rough time--but so glad you are better.
    Take care, my friend.
    Love, Karen

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