The doctor planned out for a Whipple procedure or pancreaticoduodenectomy, the most commonly performed surgery to remove tumors in the pancreas.
But my fever was on and off.
From 38 to 42 degrees Celsius, I was literally hot.
A fever was a temporary increase in body temperature, often due to an illness. Having a fever was a sign that something out of the ordinary was going on the body.
The biggest concern with getting fever before surgery was your compromised immune system and a higher risk of infection.
It was a barometer for the surgeon whether to continue the procedure or not.
The surgery was postponed not once, not twice but thrice.
Most of the time, our visitors would have a fever party to lower my body temperature.
It was better not to take any medication to lower the fever.
We opted for the ‘punas-punas’ mode.
Ice packet where on my armpit, on the sole of my feet and on my forehead.
It came to a point that I had difficulty breathing where I needed oxygen to avoid cardiac arrest.
It was tough.