After my cancer treatments, I was put on so much medication that I honestly didn’t know how on earth there were enough hours in the day to take them all. I got a small chalk board and wrote each and every one of them down as well as the times I was to take them, which in itself was a major undertaking. I learned to be very careful and take them right on time and to be aware of any changes taking place each and every day within my body. I was told to sleep as much as possible and to try to eat, and trust me the eating part was no fun at all everything seemed to make me sick.
I was diligent in watching everything as well as taking all of my medication right on time, but one morning we noticed my skin and eyes were turning to a very bazaar shade of yellow. I was not used to being yellow, so we called my doctors right away and was seen later that afternoon. Once again, I felt like a complete pin cushion with all the blood they were taking out of me. My doctor came in to tell me he suspected my liver was not working properly and trying to break down my blood cell’s was taking its toll on my body, and after more blood work, we found out that is exactly what was going on. From there we went to my oncologist /phlebotomist who set up a few more tests just to be sure that was in fact the case.
The next step was to have my Bilirubin levels checked as well as a Liver Panel done, and from there it was a waiting game until the results all came back. Once the results were in, they called and confirmed it was in fact Jaundice, so two days later I was set up to have blood infusions done. It’s where you take good clean blood through an IV in one arm and take bad blood out using the other. It’s an eight-hour procedure that they did on me, and you have it done twice. I went in on Monday morning for the first and the following Monday for the second. You have to lie in a reclined position for eight hours and your body is going through so much that all you want to do is sleep. My doctors gave me medication that would relax me during the time to keep me comfortable, so I wouldn’t move around too much.
I’m still on a few of the same medications that caused the jaundice in the first place, but now I am better aware of which ones cause it and how to be prepared in the future.