98 Degrees

In my post ‘Vacation Week‘, I wrote the following –

I am on vacation this week.

Taking a vacation from hospitals, doctors, procedures and chemo.

In today’s post I write the following –


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The title of this post may be a little deceiving; this post is not about the boy band, but so I cover all my bases, here are some facts about the boy band singing group 98 Degrees.  Wikipedia.org has the following –

After rejecting a series of names (including Just Us and Next Issue), the group decided on “98 Degrees” describing body temperature and their music.

Okay, enough about them, this post is about me.

My vacation week was nice, in that I felt good enough to take some short travel trips including exploring some surrounding locations.  Tuesday Gary and I drove to visit his mom who lives with his younger brother in a city near our location.  The drive is about an hour and to take time to visit his mom always makes her day.  The following days we took additional short trips to nearby Alabama and visited Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Fairhope.

Friday came quickly and another short travel trip was taken.  I went to bed my normal time and usually wake 6-7 hours later and move to a recliner for a change of position.  Remember I have tube in my back that restricts me from having many sleeping positions.  Friday night I awakened in 4 hours after going to bed for the night and thought this odd.  As usual I moved to the recliner to sleep the rest of the night away and a couple of hours later I wake to a shivering body; a freezing body.


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I make my way back to the bedroom at which time I wake Gary and ask for a blanket.  Then another blanket is requested followed by a third one – I was freezing.  Now we keep our RV quite warm, and Gary was astonished I was freezing and needed all these blankets.

A couple of hours later, the dawn is breaking the horizon and the nausea begins followed by a hot body.  Okay, those may be a poor choice of words, everyone knows I do not have a hot body; I did at a younger age, but those days are certainly over – I digress.  The hot body pertains to my body temperature and Gary proceeds to take my temperature.  99 degrees, not too bad, but then later my temperature is taken again and this time it is 101.4 degrees.  The call is made to the oncology hotline and the doctor prescribes 2 antibiotics.

Sunday I felt better, therefore the final trip of my Vacation Week was taken and that evening the temperature reaches 101.6.  Monday my temperature spikes to 102.6 and I am now in the hospital.

That was the way my Vacation Week ended; no 98 Degrees, but 102.6 Degrees – not a catchy name for a boy band group!

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