• Coughing

    Asked by ChimereW on Saturday, June 8, 2019

    Coughing

    Good evening group,
    Hope all are well. I developed a cough I’m thinking due to my job being cold. I cover up from my head to my feet but yet I have a cough . My white cells are low and I’m eating things to bring my count up. When I got home from work I had orange juice and green tea. After that I had a bad coughing spell and then came the vomit. Has this happened to anyone else. I can’t talk to my oncologist until Monday.

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      Yeah, it is not uncommon to get sick, especially if your counts are low.

      The rule my oncologist gave me during treatment was that if I had a temperature over 100.1 I had to proceed to the urgent care and/or call into the doctor's office if it was open. It was a good rule and saved my life a couple of times when I was developing serious infections!

      Keep an eye on your temperature and if you keep having a big cough or start with more vomiting or other symptoms go into the urgent care and get checked. they want to catch infections early, and they also don't want you to get dehydrated.

      Good luck, and I hope you feel better.

      8 days ago
    • ChimereW's Avatar
      ChimereW

      Thank you. I don’t have a fever and I just ate half a salad and some ginger ale and some crackers and I feel so much better . I will keep a look out on my temp .

      8 days ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Hey, ChimereW,
      1. First, I agree with Skyemberr.

      2. Second, I wouldn't go to a doctor who wasn't on call or didn't have a colleague on call during weekends. I've never heard of it.

      3. Call your Primary Care doctor or the on-call colleague.

      4. Go to Urgent Care if you need to go to get well before Monday.

      Best wishes.

      P.S. Find an oncologist on the attached list of NIH Comprehensive Cancer Centers, listed by state with phone numbers Two are in Baltimore.).

      https://www.cancer.gov/research/nci-role/cancer-centers/find#Maine

      7 days ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I agree - keep an eye out on your temperature - anything over 100.3, and you should call the cancer center. They have someone on duty throughout the weekend to help patients decide what to do about a symptom. With low white counts, you are at risk for a serious infection.

      7 days ago
    • ChimereW's Avatar
      ChimereW

      Hello all,
      The coughs are coming and going. No fever and thank god the vomiting stopped. I’m drinking tea now and later I’m going to have a fruit salad . Thank you guys so much to take time from your day .

      7 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      One idea is to also change your clothes and wash your hands each day when you get home. Germs can be on your clothes and can lead to more illness.

      7 days ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      I worked in a hospital until I retired. I kept disinfectant hand wipes in my desk (Wet Ones found in the baby area) and wiped my phone and doorknob every day, especially if sick people came in or whenever it needed it.

      5 days ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      By the way, not having a high temperature isn't a true measure of infection. Viruses often cause no more than a low-grade temp (one degree) or even a sub-normal temperature like 97 or so.

      5 days ago

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