Some avid readers may have noticed that I have been absent from my blog for more than 5 days. This is solely because I have been too sick to put any words down on paper. In a nutshell I have been spaced out and suffering from the drugs the medical team have got me on to manage the pain and other effects of the chemo and transplant.
Compounded with this I have not been able to sleep at night time due largely to the confusion brought on by the drugs once again.
But the GOOD NEWS is that my neutrophils have begun to return, they were 0.1 yesterday, Day 19 Post Transplant (as predicted by Andrew the consultant on duty over the weekend) and 0.1 again today, the WBC count is slowly climbing which is also great news. These are actually new cells produced by Tony’s stem cells which are invading the space left after my bone marrow was nuked during the chemotherapy (thanks again Tony).
I’ve continued to have daily visits from the Pain Team, the Nutritionists, the BMT team and of course my Home team consisting of Jan and Lachy. The nurses have continued to provide great care as well as support and encouragement during this brain fog.
I have begun to eat again, when I say eat I really mean drink foodie sort of stuff including the Ensure balanced protein drink and I’ve also been having the little sucky packs of baby food which I can just keep in the fridge for when I’m hungry. Cold things are easiest to swallow as my throat is still a bit sore. The idea is to wean myself off the TPN (the IV nutrition which comes in the big silver bag). I’d like to be fully off it in the next 3 days so I can get my gut working well in preparation for going home early next week.