After almost a week at home it was time to head back to the ward. There was some confusion over the timing of this as initially on Monday morning the HITH team suggested that everything would be OK until Tuesday but a call in the afternoon indicated that the blood counts were dropping quickly and I needed to come in for blood tests with the possibility of being admitted Monday afternoon.
So once again we packed my bags and headed for the hospital for blood tests. And as predicted the results showed the neutrophils had dropped below the critical 0.5 level – time for hospital.
The reason the Heam Team wanted me back in hospital was simply for observation during the neutropenic stage when I am most susceptible to infection. They like to have you within their care so they can administer anti-biotics ASAP in case of a problem.
I was also given a bag of platelets (this helps with blood clotting) as they were dangerously low. Apparently platelets are spun off from red blood cells (keep giving generously please). And strangely enough after this and the IV Ambisome had finished I was completely disconnected from all tubes and pumps giving me a rare night without being ‘hooked up’. I guess the benefit was that I could roll over in bed without tying myself in knots with IV tubes.
Tuesday’s goodies involved two units of blood to top up the red bloods cells (blood transfusion).
My new room in Ward 7B is on the northern side of a large open courtyard. At the moment this yard is vacant but plans are underway to install an (artificial) garden. Unfortunately they cannot build a natural garden due to the high risk of fungal and other infections for patients when walking outside. Such a shame but that is the medical advice. It is pretty bland, but at least has plenty of light.
Regardless of the room the care and support from the team is first class and there were lots of familiar faces to welcome me back for this next round. This stay will probably last around 5-7 days.
The interesting thing is I feel very well with no temperatures/fevers, no pain and no complaints whatsoever. In fact it is almost surreal. I feel well and keep saying to people I am 99% well with just 1 (large)% sick – ie cancer!
I have had some terrific feedback on my Beanie with many people wanting one! So in the effort to spread the love I am going to knit a second beanie (blues and whites this time) and will auction it off to raise funds for the Hospital. Stay tuned for progress updates and rattle your spare change jars as I am hoping many of you will participate in a fun auction later in November when the beanie is done.