Going Home!

Yeah, surprised me too. My Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC – a measure of the different kinds of white blood cells) spiked so sharply in the blood they took for today’s counts that I’m no longer classified as immuno-compromised and can continue my treatment as an outpatient. very exciting. The downside is that my numbers are so good my doctor wants to begin the next phase of kick-my-ass chemo on Friday, which I will be re-admitted for because it will devastate all my new found white blood cells. Chemotherapy is such an odd treatment, trying to balancing the harmful effects of the treatment with the risk of not treating the disease. One nurse told me 100 years from now we’ll look back at chemotherapy the way we think about leeches today – “I can’t believe we actually did that to those poor people!”

I gave all the marrow samples necessary to confirm I’ve beaten the cancer into remission, I should have results by Friday. They can take a week for all I care because I’m going to be waiting at home. I have a feeling after even a few days I’ll be antsy to get back to the hospital and continue my treatment. Assuming my marrow comes back clean I should have one more good round of chemotherapy and then I can start getting ready for my transplant. That’ll be another couple of months locked in a box at the hospital but I’ll be growing my little brother’s marrow inside my bones – how freaking cool is that?

I saw them transporting one of the transplant patients on the hall today and they had him on a stretcher with a mask, gloves and two layers of sheets tied down all the way up to his chin like a cocoon. The only time you’re allowed out of your room is to get irradiated or for a test – for at least a month. I discovered at least one of the rooms doesn’t have a shower, so for a month you clean yourself in the sink with a wash cloth. No thank you.

When I woke up this morning I didn’t know going home was even an option. Sweet.

– Austin

    • Jenna
    • February 3rd, 2010 10:05am

    Good for you, Austin. Should be very comforting!

    Does this mean you can eat steak and cheese subs again?

  1. I found just what I was needed, and it was ennnetairitg!

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