The last three days have been very peaceful and easy going. Claire flew over from Perth for the weekend and arrived early on Friday morning – always great to see her!
My main task was to keep well and watch the blood counts. When the neutrophils drop to 1.0 or below that is my calling card back to Hospital, as the medical team do not want me out and about during the neutropenic stage due to the possibility of getting unwanted infections that my body cannot tackle. It only leaves drugs as the last line of defence.
At my regular Hospital in the Home visit on Friday afternoon my temperature seemed to be climbing as it was over 37.0 and the nurse seemed wary of infections and keen to package me off to hospital. However after the usual round of questions – are you well? Any pain? Nausea? Vomiting? Bowel movements OK? she was happy to leave me at home.
Saturday and Sunday were similar days with cold weather on Saturday curtailing the walks a little but a beautiful morning on Sunday allowing a walk and bike ride, followed by very gusty and windy conditions Sunday afternoon – not ideal for me to be outside, again due to dust inhalation etc.
We were lucky enough to have a few visitors over the weekend including Mike and Fi Rouch who have recently moved from Wagga to Melbourne. Mike was in Docklands for shopping so called in for morning tea Saturday. It was fantastic to catch up on their news and find out how happy they are living in Melbourne. And in the afternoon Claire’s friend, Lucy Collins,who is a graduate doctor called in followed by Keita, Lachy’s mate from school. Kate tested out my new modification to the beanie. (Thanks to David Foster for pointing out the stitch error!)
My nephew Oscar Sheridan who is currently studying at Melbourne University visited on Sunday (I was expecting to be back in hospital) and we enjoyed some quiet family time. Claire is looking to move back to Melbourne so was actively scouring the jobs on the internet. She headed back Sunday night after a lovely family roast.
So despite the fact that the medical team thought I’d be back in hospital my neutrophil count seems to be hanging on giving me some more time out – bliss!
When I go back in it will be for about 10 days with no indication at this stage as to how I might feel or react to the neutropenic stage.