Day +51 (D 189)
Hello everyone today was Ann's clinic day so without further ado here are her counts for the day...
WBC 8.20 K/uL (4.0 - 11.0)
ANC 5.81 K/uL (1.7 - 7.3)
RBC 2.97 K/uL (4.0 - 5.0)
HGB 9.60 G/dL (12.0 - 16.0)
PLT 210.0 K/uL (140 - 440)
As you can see the WBC and ANC counts are a bit higher than on Tuesday. I had a bit of anxiety over the WBC count being a bit higher, but the transplant team assured me that there are often major variations in healthy people so not to worry. Ann's baby stem cells are still getting the bugs out of the red blood cell production line, as her HGB and RBC numbers are up over our last clinic visit. Again the transplant team said thats normal and the red blood cell portion of her blood work should begin to trend more positive. Finally Ann's baby stem cells have apparently decided that she needs platelets and lots of them. No complaints from Ann as the bruises from her Neupogen and Lupren injections have finally faded to almost nothing now.
Ann continues to do well at Physical Therapy. So much so that she has been pushing the therapists to increase the intensity of her work outs. They were skeptical at first but, after seeing Ann's commitment and energy they were convinced. Ann's PT workouts have now expanded to the point at which it consumes all the time we would have normally spent in the transfusion unit. For example the 1000ml bag of magnesium she gets infused over three hours now actually ends before her work out is over. The poor therapists have to stop her IV pump (which goes off like a car alarm when it's program is finished) and flush her line.
Ann keeps joking that she is starting to work on her "trophy wife" body. I can't complain but I honestly don't care. Having her alive and happy is more important to me because I love so very deeply.
In non MDA related news we have discovered an interesting fact about Houston. This time its the cable company...Comcast. When we moved to our new apartment we where really excited that it had basic cable already. Well that initial excitement was short lived after looking over what Comcast provides on it s basic menu. 6 Spanish language channels, 4 channels of Houston public access, the big three networks, PBS, A & E and the Food network.
The logic of Comcast's offerings escapes us. We both love the Food Network and can watch hours of Alton Brown without getting bored but, after your fifteenth Rachel Ray rerun your ready to scoop your eyes out with a spoon (Yum-o!). We miss BBC America desperately, if for no other reasons than Graham Norton, Eddie Izzard and Gordon Ramsay.
Here is to 49 Days left...Bon nuit tout le monde.