This is Tera Springman. I’m sitting with Melissa at the hospital, and she asked me to dictate for her on the blog to update everyone on the events of the past night and day. The following words are from her:
“Today is Wednesday; it’s 8 p.m. I’m sitting here in the comfort, or uncomfort, of my hospital bed with Kathy (my sister), Wes and Tera, and for the first time I feel somewhat okay. Starting yesterday afternoon I had decided that if my temperature had not gone down from 102, I would check myself into the hospital after my 4:15 p.m. radiation appointment at St. Joseph’s Hospital. When I finally got myself motivated and got in the shower, I realized this task was going to be much more complicated than I originally thought. First thing was to get shampoos/conditioners off the shower floor, so I wouldn’t have to bend over. Secondly, we brought a wooden desk chair in the shower (that was the only option), then when I was out of the shower we brought another chair in that had wheels on it so that I could comfortably slide around the bathroom, while getting ready for my doctor's appointments, without injuring my spine. Welcome to my life. We ended up having to cancel my radiation because the shower episode took much, much longer than anticipated and I couldn’t bare the thought of having to walk to and from radiation at this time.
Fast forward, we arrived at St. Joe's ER today at 5 p.m., and within 20 minutes, were admitted. We went through the same routine we’ve gone through since January with the doc/nurses, explaining pain medication routines, begging for ER pain medication via IV Dilaudid, and anxiously awaited a hospital bed on the sixth floor. Surprisingly, within six hours of arriving at St. Joe's, we got a room in the oncology unit on the sixth floor. This is good news because most of the nurses are familiar with me; my caregivers and friends seem more knowledgeable in cancer-related information.
So, last night I went to bed with mild, but tolerable pain, and was ready to wake up and see the doctors the next morning.