Love all the pics of the babies, sorry that River, Toby and Lucy are unwell! J what does it mean for your chemo when your little ones are unwell?
Thanks for asking. It is very difficult; I have to put them in childcare on the days I have chemotherapy, therefore Lucy has had an endless stream of viral infections.
I am most at risk 10-14 days post-chemotherapy, as that is when my white blood cells (neutrophils, lymphocytes, etc) are at their lowest. So, my immune system is at its weakest at that time, and I have minimal ability to fight infection. If I do have an infection, and my temperature reaches 38 or above, it is called "febrile neutropaenia", and it is a medical emergency, as it can be fatal within hours.
So...when the kids are sick, especially Lucy (as she tends to slobber on me more!!), I have to be REALLY careful. We have alcohol-based handrub in several rooms at home, and I use it diligently when the kids are sick.
I do have a viral illness at the moment, courtesy of Lucy and childcare, but my fever has been 37.6 and below. But I am 18 days post-chemotherapy, so my white blood cells will have partly recovered by now.
The irony is...I wrote a research paper in about 2004 on febrile neutropaenia, and ED-based treatment protocol. Never thought I'd be on the other end of it!!
BTW; LilSmurfy, how is Sienna's potty-training going?
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