The Almost Work Week #19

So here it is Thursday and I’m home sick again. My body is not happy with me. I guess pushing myself over the weekend and going to work Monday and Tuesday was a bad idea. Tuesday evening my throat was scratchy and by middle of the night Wednesday I had a very red and swollen throat and tonsils. There were also sores. 🙁

I’m so frustrated because this is supposed to be my week to recuperate but as my body would have it I was back at The Blood Guys office doing blood work. My cell count is low and we’re not sure if this is strep or chemo sores. All I know is my throat is on fire and really hurts. I don’t have a fever which leads us to think it’s chemo sores but I have been put on an antibiotic prophylactically. The Blood Guy still wants me to start my 2nd cycle of chemo on Friday, May 9th.

I have made a decision. I have decided to take some time off work starting May 21st. This was a very difficult decision to make as those who know me know I love my job. I hate calling in sick. I hate that my team doesn’t know if I’m going to be in the office or not on a daily basis. My work ethic does not allow this. Fortunately, I have the time to take and am allowed a personal leave of absence from work. I can focus on treatment, figuring it out and focus on me for the first time.


“Courage is being scared to death – and saddling up anyway.” John Wayne