Thursday, September 11, 2008

Shutting Down for Ike

I've just been told that I will probably have to leave the hospital and Ann because of Hurricane Ike.  I'm not crazy about doing it, but if I have to I will.

Ann finished her last dose of Cytoxan yesterday and is now dealing with the after effects.  Stomach cramps and nausea are the principal problems.  Apart from that she appears to be doing well.  Though her WBC count is still refusing to drop to zero, the Dr. Anderson assures me that this will happen shortly.  He has been theorizing that the small increase in WBC and RBC numbers is from the 1500 cc's of bone marrow that Ann got in the transplant.  Sounds reasonable to me.

In other news I have finially otten to see a shrink and they put me on two meds to help with my depression and overwhelming anxiety.  Citalopram and Clonazepam.  They have effectively reduced my stress and painc attacks to zero.  I feel like a wet blanket has been wrapped around by head and my thoughts don't feel as sharp as they once did but I'm closer to 85% functional as apposed to 65%.  I guess that’s progress.

I've just been told that the flood gates around the texas medical center are going to be raised soon.  Before that is done everyone who is not medical staff or patients has to be out.  Unfortunately that includes yours truly.


Tina said...

Are you gonna stick around Houston? Good Luck!

PJ said...

Take care of yourself, Chris. Ann is in good hands.

Nancy said...

I'm thinking of both of you. I agree with PJ, Ann is in good hands and under great care. So, there's no need to worry. Take care while your out there in the bad weather! Get some rest if you can!!! : ) love, nancy

** SAVE MICHELLE ** said...

Be gone Hurricane Ike!! Hang in there Chris and Ann.

Anonymous said...

Batton down the hatches matey!

Ann - I hope that they get the stomach issues resolved quickly.

Chris - Take this opportunity to veg on the couch.

Will be thinking of you but I don't think Ike knows the strength of Ann and Chris!


Jim said...

Well done, Chris, on both fronts - taking care of yourself and making sure your sweet girl is taken care of. She'll be fine. Ike is a zephyr. Ann is the eye of the storm that's been around her - a calm, cool collected chick.

Paige said...

I'm so glad to hear the procedure went smoothly. I hope you feel better soon, Ann.
Chris, I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. Both of you stay safe from the storm.

Renee said...

Hi Ann and Chris,

How are you feeling today Ann? Sorry to hear about the terrible side effects the Cytoxan is giving you.
I wanted to tell you that I answered a question right for you today on my immunology exam. The question was what type of transplant is most likely to have a GVHD reaction, and the answer was bone marrow. I wish I didn't have to learn that, but just know that you are inspiring me to learn more and more so that one day I will be a fully competent and caring physician!
I will be thinking of you both and hoping for all to work out safely with the storm.
Chris, thanks for being so open about the challenges you've been facing with depression & anxiety. I am thinking of you, and I hope that by speaking out maybe you encouraged someone who needs help to take that step.
Time to get back to studying (pathology exam)- I'll answer another one for you tomorrow Ann, maybe even two!


Susan C said...

I love what Jim wrote about Ike being a zephyr and Ann being the "eye of the storm." Ha! And, for the record, I don't like Ike.

I'm glad the meds and therapy are helping, Chris. Sorry old Ike has to add to the anxiety, but, as everyone has said, Ann is in good hands.

Hugs to you both!

Lee said...

Good luck with the flood gates & the storm, guys! Ann is obviously safe and sound inside the hospital, and Chris, just stay inside and you'll be fine too. (As for me, I'm stuck on the coast working!)

Stay dry, stay safe, and I hope you can be let back in soon!

Bonnie said...

I hope Chris headed inland to keep from having a too-close-for-comfort encounter with Ike. I am praying for high and dry safe times for boht of you, and for everybody in Texas!

Anonymous said...

Hey Ann,

Audra here (Caroline's friend in Miami). Keeping you in my thoughts and hoping you feel better and stronger each day. Hope the storm isn't too scary and lets you sleep. All us Miamians are thinking of you Houstonians :)

Susan C said...

Continuing to think of the two of you and everyone in Houston as I read reports of the pummeling power of Ike.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ann & Chris, I'm a long time lurker. I found your blog over at the LLS message board. I have been thinking about your safty with Ike. I hope you two are ok. Best wishes and I,m thinking and praying for you.

Kim from Utah

Bonnie said...

Chris's post found on the LLS board:

Can't do this long. iPhone running out of juice. Mda has no serious damage that
I could see. Numerous ruptures of seweage lines around brasewood and TMC. Smells
horrible. No power execpt at the TMC and MDA.
Txted Ann. She is doing well. Counts finally crashed and Dr. Andersson says she is
on the right path. They hope to be able to left family back into Mda tomorrow.

So happy to hear from you, Chris! Love to Ann.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to Bonnie for posting the latest. Hoping for more details to come. Glad Chris is taking care of himself as well. "Anxiety" is an understatment I'm sure.