Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Day +9 (post-transplant)

So I was REALLY hoping to wake up today and have Chris' white blood cell count be up, but unfortunately that was not the case.

Chris' counts were:
WBC: 0.1
Hemoglobin: 90
Platelets: 32
These two counts are higher because of the transfusions yesterday, so they will likely be down tomorrow.
Neutrophils: 0.0

However, tomorrow is the long awaited Day +10. Chris' doctor told us that people start to get their counts up between Day +10 and +14, so that means we could start to see improvements as of tomorrow (cross your fingers for him!)

Despite his low counts, today was a much better day. Chris is much clearer today. He is having conversations with everyone and making jokes. I think it is in large part due to having his first big sleep since being admitted. He went to bed at 8:30 pm and woke up at 8:30 am. Although he was up four times in the night, they were for just short periods and that is SUCH a big improvement.

We had a really busy morning once he woke up. First thing he had a visit to have his PICC line put back in. This is the catheter that they insert in his arm and it goes all the way up to the vein beside his heart. It makes it a lot easier for them to give Chris his antibiotics, hydration and to take blood, so it was a high priority. The process takes about a half hour and then Chris needed to go down to have an X-ray to make sure it was in the right position.

After that, he had a visit from his doctors and pharmacists to see how he was doing. Finally, since Chris had been experiencing a lot of confusion and disorientation over the last few days, he had a precautionary MRI of his head to make sure he did not have any signs of an infection in his brain. It sounds scary, but they really didn't think he had one. They just wanted to make sure nothing was overlooked before the holidays.

Now that it is certain that we will be spending Christmas at the hospital, we have decided to postpone our own Christmas celebrations until after Chris is out of hospital. There is just something unappealing about opening presents in a hospital. We much rather do that under a tree in our living room. So this weekend we are just going to pretend is like any other weekend. The only thing is we have been warned that staffing will be a little sparse over the holidays. Chris' doctor is going away for two weeks as of today, so he told Chris when he sees him again that he best be doing well and out of this room! There will, of course, be other doctors who have met and are familiar with Chris that will visit us over the holidays. I am just really glad that we did not start this process a week later. Last weekend was defintely Chris' low point, and I am glad that we had a lot of people that knew Chris really well to get us through it.

Finally, I just want to thank my surprise vistor today! Today was a good day, but surprise visits make them better.

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