We don't know! A big bunch of we don't know! How exciting!
The stomach cramps baffled the nurse. She thinks it could be low potassium so I'll be taking pills for that. Or it could be stomach acid, so I'm going to try some Prilosec for that. Whatever it is, the nurse really wanted to find out because I've lost weight. She was shocked that I'm holding up my pants with the chemo bag belt. I think it's great that the chemo bag belt has another function other than annoying me.
I didn't have a fever when the nurse took my temp. Of course not. She said my lungs sounded really good. So then we went back and forth about whether or not to go ahead with tamiflu. Based on some of the other sickies in my house, she thought I should get swabbed for flu and then start on tamiflu. But she waffled, so when the chemo doctor walked past the exam room, she called him in to get his opinion. The doc said that yes, I could get swabbed, and that there's a 50% chance it will be positive (and that could be a false positive), and that swab will have to go to the state, and it takes THEM five days to test, so by then I'll either have a flu or I won't. If I do, tamiflu won't be effective. Then there was a discussion about me having to go to the hospital to get swabbed (I was NOT thrilled with the possibility of going to the hospital...that is the place to be if you're SICK). In the end, the doc suggested we skip the swab and since other people in my household have flulike symptoms, I could just start on tamiflu.
So that's the deal. And if I've made plans with any of you for the next few days, I'll be contacting you to see if you'd like to cancel, although the children seem fine. I feel pretty okay too, aside from my radiated ass.