Brett and I arrived this afternoon at UCLA Santa Monica. While is isn't as new as the Ronald Reagan Hospital in Westwood, I do have my own room, TV and Internet access. I'm really getting tired of hospitals. Or more specifically, being a patient in a hospital. I pray this stay is short.
My Mom is arriving tomorrow to stay with me, so it's safe to tell you what happened earlier this week. I didn't want to alarm my Mom, but Brett insists I share the news that I now get to have a "falling star" outside my hospital room because I fainted on Tuesday when my home health nurse was taking blood.
It was the strangest thing, and I've never fainted in my life. The nurse arrived early in the morning and I hadn't eaten. As I sat at our table watching her draw blood from my PICC line, I got a little light headed and sweaty. She asked if I felt faint and I told her I wasn't sure. We decided to try to move me to the couch and according to Brett I made it within a step of the couch and then fell back (where the nurse caught me.) I honestly don't remember even standing up from the chair. The nurse called my oncologist right away and she wasn't concerned. She ran an extra test to make sure I wasn't anemic. I stayed in bed most of the day and felt fine that evening. We believe it was the low blood sugar from not eating before the blood draw. We're being cautious now so I lie on the couch for all blood draws at home.
It was a wake up call and made me realize now why I'm restricted from driving. I have been feeling great, but it seems with blood cancers things can change quickly. I look forward to talking to my oncologist to get a better idea of how long I have to stay. We really want to keep visitors at a minimum to help me avoid infections so I can get home sooner. I'll update when I get more information from my oncologist.
Thanks again for the thoughts and prayers! KCA!