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Day 10, post HiCy
March 26th, 2008 by Chenell

Today we got Chris’ blood counts back and we were a little surprised. Chris’ WBC has dropped to 100. The nurse had warned us that his numbers may bounce around. Chris’ red blood cells and platelets are also down. He may be getting some units tomorrow. Chris felt really run down when he got up this morning. When getting up the three stairs on the shuttle bus he was huffing and puffing. He thought for sure that they would have given him some red blood today.

I got some rather upsetting news today when I got back from the grocery store. I had an EMAIL (not even a call) from my work telling me they were firing me because the part-time temp fill-in they hired wasn’t working out. It sucks because I had no idea anything was going bad. I had e-mailed these people and from what I could tell things were going fine. I wish they wouldn’t have agreed to give me the time off in the first place. I did everything I could, maybe they should have hired a full-time person to fill in for me. I’ve only been gone two and a half weeks and I assure you by the time I get back they still won’t have hired a replacement for me. I am a little mad, but I believe things happen for a reason and something good will come from all this. I later on talked to a woman named Diane about a job opportunity. Crazy coincidence, she used to work for Signature Wire too! She told me that they fired her on December 23rd without any warning. If they continue to treat their employees as disposable, I am much better off.

Anyway, sorry for rambling a bit there. I went down to the exercise facility to try to burn off some aggression. When I got back I found Chris nearly naked on the couch fighting off a fever. We’ve been fighting the fever now for the past 4 hours. He’s gone anywhere from 100.2 to normal and everywhere in between. A fever of 100.4 or higher and he’s got to be admitted to the hospital. I got some ice from the bar and made ice packs out of zipper bags and the Press ‘n Seal wrap. We put one on each wrist, behind the knees and one over his heart. It seems to be working.

What an exhausting day that isn’t even close to being over. I have a feeling we will be up all night checking Chris’ temperature every hour or so. If he can hold his temp until 12:30 we’re going to bed.

I’m exhausted both physically and mentally. I am going for tonight. Tomorrow has to be a better day.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.


P.S. Chris’ fever broke at 10:30pm, maintained normal temp until 1am and we went to bed.

7 Responses to “Day 10, post HiCy”
  1. pvns2005 Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Your job cannot be taken from you because of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). You get up to 12 weeks off and they have to give you a job making the same income. Look into it. Agood peace of legislation old Billy Clinton passed. I have had to use it several times. It also extends to primary care givers. hope this helps you.

    Chris S.

  2. Dee Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 5:44 am

    Chenell, Chris,

    Thank you so much for keeping us informed of the procedure with the photos and the blog, the high points and the low points – it really is an insight and I check in on it daily. Best of luck and will be thinking of you both.


  3. Chenell Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 6:59 am


    Unfortunately, since I hadn’t been with the company for a year, I am not covered by the FMLA.

  4. pvns2005 Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 8:17 am

    looks like another crack to slip through. America is full of cracks and loop holes. Well best of luck with the job. I know you will figure it out. Give Chris my best..

    Chris S.

  5. Lew (Loobie) Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 10:30 am

    I followed Chris’s advice and dropped them a line. They probably don’t care but I asked the recipient what they would do if their spouse was going through this. That really sucks, but Chenell you are right about one thing, something good will come of this. You are doing the right thing for your family and with your attitude situated right where it should be on that, you will land on your feet. Best of luck when you get back, but I bet a dollar to a donut you end up with a better job.

    Let Chris know I’m praying for him and have put him on our prayer chain at St. Rita’s here in Dayton, Ohio.

  6. Sandy Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    So sorry about your job situation, Chenell. It sucks to have the rug pulled out from under you. Hope Chris is over this bump in the road. Prayers are still with you guys.

  7. JR Says:
    March 28th, 2008 at 7:28 am

    …And to believe the owner had the nerve to say you weren’t appreciative enough for being let off before you left. What an a-hole…

    Keep up the good work guys. That guy sounds like my old boss Mark Hope at Action Computers. He did you a favor by letting you go…