I'm working backwards here, trying to document everything that has been going on. My first chemo was on May 16th, it went well and didn't experience all the side effects that were possible. I was really tired a lot and couldn't do what I was used to doing in a day. I used my nausea medication to keep on top of any nausea. On day 10 after my first round of chemo I spiked a fever of 100.5, it happened to be Memorial Day so I called the doctor on call. They wanted me to go to the ER and have blood work run to determine if it was a neutrapenic fever. They determined it was, and I was hospitalized. My ANC was .7, the normal range is 1.5-8.0. The ANC is the absolute neutraphil count and it helps determine the amount of infection white blood cells are present. I got a neutropena shot to boost my white blood count. I was told at that point I had to stay until I was fever free for 24 hours. It took 4 days for me to be fever free for 24 hours so I spent 4 days in the hospital the first time. On day 11, the second day in the hospital, my hair started falling out from the chemo. I am going to write a post about my hair so that is all for now!
Erica is a 31 year old cervical cancer advocate who is out living cancer for the third time. When she isn’t advocating for cervical cancer and HPV awareness as a Cervivor Ambassador, she oversees the STEM program (including a robotics team) at the school where she is an educator. Erica enjoys spending time with her husband and son in their Indianapolis neighborhood, as well as pursuing new and adventurous hobbies. She can most recently be found fawning over kayaks and daydreaming of returning to whitewater kayaking with First Descents, an organization for young adults impacted by cancer.