It’s important to keep a record of your temperature especially any time you feel unwell or not “right.” We have popped a thermometer in our KIT and a notebook to record all the details.

Many times, fever may be your body’s only sign of an infection. Having a fever means your body temperature is higher than normal. Something inside your body, such as an infection, has caused your temperature to rise. Some cancers, drugs and other treatment can also cause fever.

37 degrees Celsius is the equivalent of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or normal body temperature. A fever in Celsius is a temperature greater than 38 degrees, or the equivalent of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you spike a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or higher, call your doctor immediately. You need to get to the hospital.

Extract from Shelli’s Writings.

So for the past week I have been fighting the normal people disease “The Flu” but for a cancer person and especially me, this can turn into pneumonia super fast and my body loves the escalation at exactly this time of the year to pneumonia which means I have to go to hospital. So we have to check my temp every hour on the hour because if I reach that dreaded #38 number it’s off to emergency I go! The best story was when I was on hard core chemo (in the early stages of treatment 2 years ago – way back at infusion number 6 – funny now that I have had over 45 infusions #professional) and all night mum was super worried, and I was running a temp, couldn’t breathe, gargling in my chest, hallucinating, sore throat and more and I kept yelling at mum (Betty Whitehurst) telling her the thermometer was wrong when it was pulling 39.5 “that that was impossible, it’s BROKEN get me another one” (BTW this is WAY to high to be at home and you should call 000 and be raced to emergency in an ambulance no questions asked) but I was like this thermometer is BROKEN over and over and over until the morning when I was wet sweating all over and she pulled rank and whisked me into emergency and saved my life! No the thermometer was not broken but Shelli Whitehurst was very broken. To this day we still laugh about the broken thermometer. So make sure as soon as you start chemo you check your temp 3 x times a day and if at all you feel you are high, get yourself to hospital, tell them you’re a chemo patient, they will whisk you through to protect your immune system from other sick people, and it is better to be safe than sorry. All the triage nurses and Doctors will tell you. Never delay….and they can have you and your temp under control within hours with snazzy drugs like IV panadol and all other cool stuff.

 

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