Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Fever!

...in the morning, fever all through the night...FEVER, when you kiss me, fever when you hold me tight...

Well, anyway, I woke up this morning after a restless night with a fever of about 102. I don't really have any other symptoms, so it was kind of disturbing. And because I also have some neck and upper back soreness (which may simply be due to the difficulty finding a good sleeping position right now with a sensitive head), my oncologist wants to rule out meningitis. They also did some neuro tests to check for clinical evidence of tumor progression to the spinal column (glioblastoma can rapidly spread throughout the central nervous system), and I am told that those all looked good. However, after requesting a substantial blood donation for lab tests (normally when I give away that much blood I get juice, a packet of cookies, and a free t-shirt from the blood bank), my oncologist also ordered an MRI scan of the thoracic spine. I'm told that this is to decide whether a spinal tap is needed, because infection might show up as inflammation on the MRI. But I also worry that maybe she wants to be sure and rule out tumor progresson on the spine, and I wonder if that is the real reason for the MRI. I don't know. It's kind of creepy. The scan is scheduled for early Friday afternoon, so we'll know more then. Hopefully we'll find a whole lot of nothing.

...just in case anyone wants something new to pray for!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Always happy to have something/someone new to pray for. Keep up that positive attitude. We need to keep reminding those creepy cancer cells who's really in charge.

Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Krista,

It's Lorraine Larson again. Brett got a fever too. They called it a central fever. The brain controls fevers I guess and he had one for 12 days. They did blood work, lumbar puncture, all the goodies and found nothing - Just a central fever is what they called it. Hope this helps.

Lorraine phxlarsons@cox.net

Kari said...

Sure thing! I'll be praying that all the scans/tests are accurate and they come back clear!

Anonymous said...

I will say a prayer for you! I have been very impressed, as I have read your blog, with your strength and composure. Your children are blessed to have such a fine example.