Thank you for posting on the Myeloma UK forum. My name is Debbie and I am one of the Myeloma Information Specialists here at Myeloma UK. I am sorry that no-one has responded to your post until now. I can understand that this is a worrying time for you with your mother in hospital and you being abroad. From your description it sounds as though the doctors and nurses looking after your mother are not expecting any sudden deterioration in your mother’s condition. While it is difficult to forsee exactly what may happen with your mother it seems from your description that she may be experiencing a setback from side effects of the treatment. A chest infection when your immune system is low can make someone feel very poorly, however as you say she is in the right place, and getting the antibiotics and other supportive treatments that she needs, and there is no reason to suspect that she won’t recover from this episode. Indeed, it may be that she has already improved in the four days since you placed your post. Ultimately no-one can say decisively that you should or shouldn’t return to the UK when situations such as this occur, it has to be a personal decision. However if the doctors and nurses looking after your mother felt you absolutely needed to return I do think they would say so, and certainly I am sure they would be willing to talk with you directly over the telephone if you felt this would be helpful for you.
I hope this has been of some help but if you have any further questions, or would like to talk things through, please feel free to call the Myeloma Infoline from abroad on +44 (0)131 557 9988 – I or one of my colleagues can clarify things for you further. Alternatively you can email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
With best wishes
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