Thursday, August 30, 2007

A Strange Discharge

DAY +91 (DAY 231)

WBC 6.4 K/UL
RBC 3.31 L M/UL
Hemoglobin 10.9 L G/DL
Platelets 290 K/UL
ANC 5.06 K/UL



Today was my bone marrow biopsy/aspiration. Everything went really well and I got a very nice surprise. One of my leukemia PA's performed the procedure. We got to catch up on everything and it was really nice just to be able to talk. It turns out that my bones are so dense, he had to take two samples for the biopsy. The first sample was too small, but the second one was perfect for the test. We'll have to wait until next week for the full test results. We're hoping that the ATC will call with the preliminary results tomorrow.

I got to see Dr. Kebriaei today. She told us that I was reacting to the stem cell transplant like a pediatric patient. That was a nice surprise. I didn't think that an adult could have that kind of reaction. I also found out that I would start my childhood immunizations in a year. I'm not quite sure where I'll have to report for those. Another spot of good news was that I could start introducing fruits and vegetables back into my diet. She's more concerned that I have a balanced diet. She still wants me to cook the vegetables for now, but I can start out with thick skinned fruit. The new diet will slowly be incorporated over the course of 30 days. Lettuce has to be last because of the effect that it will have on my digestive system. Think roughage to the nth degree. I pity the poor oranges that get in my way. :)

Now for the most interesting event of the day...

Just after my IVIG finished the head nurse popped in with a strange look on her face. I thought that I was in trouble, but then all of the nurses poured into the room and started singing Hit the Road Jack. I got discharged from the ATC, today! It was a total surprise. No more infusions at the clinic or at home. I have a handful of appointments next week and then we're free. I'll have to report to an oncologist once a week in BR for tests and I'll have to come to MDA once a month to see my transplant doctor. It will definitely be strange to get out, but I can't wait.



10 comments:

Cindy Nelson said...

ALL RIGHT!!!!!! Ann, I'm so thilled! Tina let me know and this was I think the best news I've ever heard :) I hope this means that you and Chris will be making a visit to the Casa Nelson/Florida branch soon - just think of all the oranges we have here :)

Cindy

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy! We're saving a seat for yall!
Mara

just Contessa said...

WOOOOOHOOOOOOOO, Cindy called me and told me as soon as she heard, I am soooooo happy for the both of you. I knew you would be okay! I really hope you and Chris make it to Florida, I would love to meet the 2 of you in person. I really am so very happy for you both! keep in touch please and let me know how you are doing!!!!!!

amy t. said...

Ann & Chris: This is so exciting! I am so happy for you. These are the words I have been praying for you to hear. I can't wait for you to get back to BR so I can give you a big hug and meet that wonderful husband of yours!

Kacie said...

Congratulations, y'all!!

Nancy said...

By the title of your blog, I thought you were oozing from somewhere. Congratulations are in order!!! You have done beautifully! It's truly miraculous! Take Good Care and feel free to email or call anytime. Congrat again! love, nance

Tina said...

back in ol' red stick? did the doctor say anything about the Chimes' cheese fries and gravy in your diet? i hear it's good for healthy, productive marrow.

Wiley said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Are You packed yet? Flaming skid marks in the road home!!

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news!!!! I knew you would do it!!!! Now, go have some fun before you leave Houston.

Prayers from out West, Amanda

Anonymous said...

So very happy for you both!!! :) Go celebrate!!! i have 2 people i know going though this...one just became engrafted on thursday and one who just received the BMT on tuesday! you website has been a blessing in learning some of the things to expect. I started following your website in May and am just so happy to hear how well you have done and are doing! It is wonderful to see how supportive and how much your both love one another too! you both take care and keep the good news coming! :)Lisa