After my first chemo last year with a temperature over 38 I rang the number I had been given. I was admitted to hospital, white cell count was 0.2, I was hot and shivering and felt pretty awful. I was isolated to a degree, visitors had to gown up etc. A failed canulla try on the back of my hand got infected pretty quick. I was on IV antibiotics for about 5 days. I responded well to treatment and after a week in hospital went home. I was told the first chemo session is the worst. However, after each chemo my temperature went above the 38 warning reading, sometimes up to 39.5. I needed hospital treatment each time. I had chest infections and pneumonia. We tried really hard at home using anti bacs and strict personal hygiene routines, but I had infections every time after chemo. I wish I could have showered every day but I didn't have the energy some days. Other people I spoke with did NOT have the same experience, its very much an individual thing as to how you will respond.
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