I have been less then honest the past few days, as I have known that I was going be discharged today since last week. I would have been discharged last Thursday but I got that fever I described previously. SO I wanted to play it safe.
Things have been going really well. I am no longer neutropenic, my counts have been above 1000 since middle of last week. Today my counts were north of 1300, when I entered the hospital on 6/25, they were 336. My hemoglobin and palettes numbers are 9.3 and 262,000, when I entered the hospital they were 8.5 and 75,000. And most importantly, my WBC (white blood count) is now at 4.3, when I entered the hospital it was 0.8.
So what does this all-mean, well it means something is working and things are trending in the right direction, enough so that I get to GO HOME and kiss the cat. I can’t wait to smooch Chloe whenever I get home today. I know she is waiting for me to get home…
My journey now continues as an outpatient, daily trips down to Jeff for Chemo, Labs and maybe a social visit to 3WEST here and there. I will update everyone on what that means as I begin to figure that out over the next few days.
Having never been in the hospital, I got attached to some of my nurse, I consider them friends now, not sure how it works the other way around. Am I just a bed that comes and goes, I would hope not. I know I really enjoyed their company, compassion and support. We would talk about this, that and the other things; shoot the shit and maybe even a little gossip here and there.
I know if it weren’t for a certain few nurses, I would not have excelled the way I have.
There are so many more examples of nurses being nurses, there are incredible people here at 3WEST and I owe my success to all of you, I couldn’t have done it without each of you. Thank you!!! I will miss each of you and I am eternally grateful.
I can’t forget to mention my team of doctors and residents who I will continue to see as an outpatient, but I don’t want them to be overlooked. Nothing like getting a wake up nudge from a resident every morning at 7am to see how I am feeling and do some vitals and share my numbers with me. Thank you, but your not done with me yet!
So today I get to go home, Jenna has been working feverishly to get our house ready for my return. I am so excited to be home with my family.
So I guess I’m taking my talents to Blue Bell,
Waiting for the time when I can finally say, that this has all been wonderful but now I’m on my way… HOME!