Monday, September 03, 2007

day +13

The irritability and restlessness that has plagued me these past two days and that forced me to go to sleep early yesterday has ceased thankfully. It seems that the cause of it was the anti-nausea drug, Compazine, which I had been using to combat the nausea and vomiting that had accompanied my most recent meals. My wonderful night nurse, Nancy, was the one who informed me that Compazine might be the culprit and so, I ceased using it for dinner last night and haven't used it since. The restlessness has disappeared, so Nancy must have been right.

Dr. Hsu and her team remain very happy with my progress. In fact, they really don't see the point of me staying after tomorrow, which is why she proposed to me this morning the strong possibility of me being discharged Tuesday. Though she had been hinting at this possibility for a few days now, I had a kool-aid smile when she said it once again as if I had heard it for the very first time. I was thrilled by the news. If I were to be discharged tomorrow, I'd see Dr. Castro-Malaspina in clinic on Thursday most likely. The alternative would be to be discharged on Thursday and then, I'd see him on Monday, his other clinic day. However, my dad told me this morning that he and my mom are still in the midst of cleaning my room for my return. The apartment and in particular, my room needs to be dusted, cleaned, and vacuumed. Tomorrow, therefore, is too soon, he told me. I'm sure part of the reason why they want to postpone my return is due to Denise, who returned to college on Saturday and I bet the house is in a mess in the wake of my sister's departure. So, I expressed their desire (though I'd prefer to leave tomorrow) to the medical staff later this afternoon, who said that my discharge date had been postponed anyway because the level of Tacrolimus needed to be adjusted based on today's blood labs and for this I had to stay until Wednesday at least. So, as of now it looks like my parents will receive an extra day to prepare the apartment for my return.

I received a few booklets from my day nurse, Marissa, that explain different aspects of my immediate post-transplant care. I was promised by the medical staff that I'll receive a lot more information before I'm discharged.

My hair continues to fall out. I notice hair on my pillow case and on the bed sheets. I can pluck the hair effortlessly and without pain from my scalp or chin.

Today my WBC went up further to 8.8. My HGB hit 11.1 while my platelets rose to 139.

My dad arrived here in the morning and missed the transplant team's morning tour by a few minutes. He started to pack some of my belongings, such as books and uneaten food, to bring home so that I won't have so much too carry on the day of discharge. My friend and fellow prizefighter, Laura, visited me around 1:30 this afternoon. It was wonderful seeing her. Eileen came by after returning from her month long summer vacation in RI. Though we speak daily, it was her first time seeing me here and in my room. Judy stopped by as well. Su just called me. She's on her way.

I spent a few hours today playing Age of Empires 2.


Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

so good to see you in person.
you look strong and handosme as always!


7:26 PM  
Comment Blogger Sarah said...

So glad to hear you'll be going home soon! And thank you for continuing to post here throughout your stay - it has done my heart good to be able to check on you and make sure you're doing okay, even from hundreds of miles south.

And with any luck, maybe sometime soon when you're feeling all better you'll be driving through DC and will stop for a visit.

Hang in there and keep fighting your amazing fight.


9:47 PM  
Comment Blogger Adrienne said...

Wow, It's great that you're going home so soon. Enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation.

4:42 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks Sarah and Adrienne! Much love to you both!

8:38 PM  

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