Sunday night I took Ezra’s temp. and noticed it was low…about 97.2. So I called the on call oncologist, she said as long as it didn’t go below 96 and he was acting normal that he should be fine.
Well Monday his temp. dipped to 96.5 he was terribly cold and clammy, and wanted to sleep all day long. He was waking up sweaty from every nap. So I called again to just ask someone else’s opinion. They basically said the same thing, only that was Monday morning, before he slept the day away.
The nurse called me back at 5 to make sure Ezra was doing well, I told her he was still cold, and had slept all day. She put me on the phone with one of the oncologists and she recommended I bring him in, just to rule out infections like sepsis…which can cause a low body temp. And since he was pretty lethargic all day she thought it was best he be seen in the ER.
So off we went to Shands. We were admitted right away. Blood drawn, antibiotics started. His ANC last light was 680, this morning it was 360. So he is officially neutropenic. His blood otherwise looked good though, so no transfusions at this time. The low ANC is to be expected for where he is at right now in his treatment. His temp did go up to 98.1.
I talked to an actual oncologist this morning (a new one, apparently Dr. Bill is on temporary hiatus in China). She gave the ok to stop the IV fluids since he is hydrating himself. She said as long as nothing came back on the cultures by tomorrow night, we could go home then. Which you know really means the next day.
So Ezra is doing ok he is tired and crabby, since he is still on the steroids right now. Thursday night is his last dose of them for awhile. Thank God.
So far there is nothing to worry about, they are just super cautious with kids during this phase since the chemo is so intense.
Hopefully nothing grows on the cultures and we are home soon.