Monday, 25 March 2013

One step back

Have you seen her? Have you heard the way she plays? There are no words to describe the way I feel
She Bangs the Drum - The Stone Roses

Day 18 : ... Haemoglobin 8.9 ... Neutrophils 0.72 ... Platelets 6 ...

Feeling a little less exhausted this morning, but not a lot, I make my way down to hospital for blood tests. I persuade them to let me go home while they wait for the results - they'll call me with the scores. When they do, my neutrophils are well up (hurrah) but my platelets are well down. No real surprise, but it means I need to come back down to the hospital for another platelet transfusion.

When I get here, my temperature has gone up to 38.2C. This is above the magic threshold so... I'm put back on the (yucky) antibiotics, and admitted back on to a hospital ward for tonight.

Bugger, bugger, bugger.

This is rubbish. Rubbish for me, because I am so over hospital; rubbish for Marisa, who was doing a valiant job of nursing me at home; and rubbish for the boys, who are left - not for the first time - not knowing if I'm coming or going.

I'd be amazed if they let me out tomorrow. I bet I'm here for 2 or 3 days, even if my temperature stabilises and nothing shows up in my blood cultures.

Bugger, bugger, bugger.

3 comments:

  1. No fun and scary for the kids... but the upside might be that Marisa gets a chance to regroup her energies knowing you are being watched over, and I have a theory that the temperature is actually a good thing because it kills off rogue cancer cells... just my own theory. Intending you are improving daily!

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  2. Bugger indeed (whatever that means). Not sure this will make you feel better, but the reahbilitation is typically not a constantly rising line, but rather a whipsaw of two steps forward one step back. But in a few days you'll see the general slope is increasing and you'll feel marginally better and better. Pulling for you from across the pond.

    Ed

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  3. Sandy - yeah, at least in here I'm someone else's problem! Marisa needs all the breaks she can get, she doesn't get many.

    Ed - I'm beginning to realise that. I'm not naturally a patient person, so I find a lot of adjustment needed!

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