Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Looks Good on Paper

I can easily understand the confusion. It makes sense to think that I was released from the hospital because I was cured of whatever brought me there. That is not the case, however. As of Monday evening, the cause of the fever had not been determined, but there was no reason to think I would be any worse off taking antibiotics at home. Plus, I may have insisted on the release :-) So home I went, armed with Levaquin and the Dachshund Home Remedy. Unfortunately, I have not yet gotten relief, and my fever comes more than it goes.

This morning I had an appointment with Dr. Scheinberg. He carefully reviewed the results of the recent blood and other tests and was happy to inform me that I look good on paper. I don't know what all that stuff is, white blood counts, etc., etc., but it would appear as if my recovery was progressing nicely. As if. The only test results that are still outstanding are what he calls the "zebras," the really rare stuff. But I'm feeling lousy. So lousy, in fact, that I even forgot to make a follow up appointment with the infectious disease doctor when I got home. John is now working on that and I am doing virtually nothing, trying to give my body its best shot at vanquishing this latest intruder.

I do have a favor to ask. On Saturday, November 8, Dr. Scheinberg's group, among others, is sponsoring a one mile walk and 5K fun run at The Concourse for lung cancer awareness. I know that some of you are busy that day (Julie, Ruth, David), but I would be honored if you would participate, and/or spread the word. It looks like a great event for kids, too. Here is the link: http://www.stjosephsatlanta.org/cancer_center/events/lungcancerwalk/home.html

Love to all.

Elyse

9 comments:

Lenore and Scott said...

I'M THERE!! I'M WALKING!
(Scott will be traveling). Well bummer, bummer, bummer. I was anxiously awaiting a new post but SNAP, not exactly what I wanted to read. I was hoping for more activity that I can scold you about :)
The good news is they are still letting you stay at home. I know your blogger peeps are there for you; speeding healthier days your way.

Betty said...

Sorry, Elyse. Hang in there... you've beaten far worse than a fever.

Terri said...

We are glad you are home. Hope you are looking at the beautiful full moon tonight. It is something else! We are finally done with tax season, so we will have more free time.Looking forward to seeing you soon. Love,

Terri & Barry

Jill B said...

Hopefully you will feel better before they even figure out the source of the infection! I've been thinking of you.

Angie said...

Take care Elyse. I am sorry you feel so terrible - fever really wipes a person out. Get rest and let your body get well. I hope they figure out what is going on soon.
Love,
Angie

Lenore and Scott said...

sorry...the entire web address didn't display. To register for the lung cancer walk, the web site is:
http://www.stjosephsatlanta.org/cancer_center/events/lungcancerwalk/home.html

Steve Beagle said...

Hey Ali - I have seen you in far worst bouts. A ravaging fever will most certainly knock you down but you have have wowed the judges in every other round so just stay the course by listening to your cut me ( Drs ) and taking the corner care from Big John, Lil Brent and posse of Dachs. Some if not all of us free ranging Beagles will be walking on the 8th.. Here's the insanity you have been missing in the world...
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Han in there kiddo - we are all rootin for you from the cheap seats. LH&P - Steve

Rachel said...

Elyse - I'm sorry to hear that this fever persists. Use whatever strength you can muster to pound the table when you meet with those doctors. If they can't figure out what's going on, they must refer you - immediately - to others who can. The current situation is unacceptable!
xxoo Rachel

Anonymous said...

Sending you love and hopes that you actually start to feel as good as you look on paper. Am in San Francisco for a business trip and wedding and have been thinking of you throughout. Love, Michelle N