Thursday, March 4, 2010

Night Sweating

I'm not going to beat around the bush. For the past week, I've woken up sweating, not every night, but enough to plant the worry seed.

A quick google of night sweats will give you mostly logical and benign reasons for the annoying occurence. Menopause is numero uno, but I don't get hot flashes during the day so my thermostat seems okay.

Night sweats mean one thing to me: leukemia. It was not an original symptom four years ago, but each time I was being treated and failed to achieve remission, I'd get them, the serious, drenching, change your pjs and sheets kind. The recent sweats have been mild--no bed changing, just toss off the top.

After all the upbeat posts, I wanted to include one that realistically portrays what we leukemia patients dwell on: low platelets; a bruise; anything we can reasonably or unreasonably associate with the return to hell. We silently wait for the other shoe to fall; we don't trust our bodies; we don't want to alarm anyone. We put the worry in the bad room and try not to think about it.

But obviously we do.


Anonymous said...

I'm sending positive thoughts your way. Keep us posted.

Chris said...

PJ, night sweats can be caused by steroids. This happened to Ann.

We are thinking of you.


Anonymous said...

p.j.It could be a result of you're body trying to get to a state of homestasis.It is not uncommon in people who have undergone TBI.