Having finished chem at the end of November , I have felt that things are getting back to some sort of normality. I have been feeling well, gone back to work as a teacher on a phased return and have enjoyed NOT going to the hospital!
This Easter, I came down with a tickly throat and the beginnings of a head cold. Having not contracted any infections throughout chemo, I decided I would visit my GP to just check everything out.. she agreed that I had a red throat but was very reassuring and prescribed amoxicillin.I had also spiked a temp of 38.5 but took paracetamol which brought it down. Being thorough, she also decided to do my bloods. Five hours later, whilst having a bit of a browse around the shops, I had a call from the doctors telling me I needed to go straight to hospital as my neutrophil count was 0.3 and lymphocytes at o.4 .
So, I am then admitted and given IV antibiotics and monitored for 36 hours... in a side room ... but very bored and frustrated. Whilst I felt I had a head cold, I did not feel ill. No one could tell me why my immune system is taking so long to recover... I asked ...
I was released 36 hrs later.. neuts had gone up to 1.0.
Can any one tell me if this is common after chemo? What do I do now? Do I go to work? Do I just go back to being extra vigilant with hygiene etc? Will my immune system recover properly? This experience has made me nervous. 😬
I have a consultants appointment in May so thinking I will just ask for answers then!