Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Engrafting and More

I was awakened this morning by my male Russian nurse (so imagine this being said with a heavy Russian accent): "I am pleased to tell you, my friend, you are engrafting. Your white count is now 1.5." YES! My night nurse predicted a jump in the white count given the intense bone pain I've been having. My back, sternum, and hips are all throbbing from the production of cells, which is a good thing, but it sure doesn't feel so good. Anyway, Mike is in Houston for a mediation so he spent a few hours here at the hospital checking on me. We had a nice chat.

So, we have passed through the risks associated with the transplant, and the risk of nonengraftment. Two major risks without major complications. I think this bodes well for me getting out of here sooner rather than later. Perhaps in a week.

That's all for now folks. Keep the good thoughts coming our way.

Right after I posted this the doctor came in for the morning rounds. She told me that I should plan on going home (to Gary's) on Friday. Wahoo! I am in shock. That is a week early and Iam so ready to get out of here. What a great day.
Love to all,
Dan

17 comments:

Lorna said...

Hi Dan

Your blog is begining to sound like a Bond film. Russians, women, big guys. :-)

Lorna

Mom said...

Hurrah!Hurrah! Life is good. I was so excited when I read your blog that I cried which Bob could not understand. This is the greatest news a mother could hear. Much love,Mom

Molly T. said...

That sounds like an excellent thing to wake up to! I'm so happy to hear that!

BJ said...

me and your mom - well we skyped and hip hip hoorayed and yippeed and I understand her tears of joy.
Have a great day dan!!

Natalie said...

Thanks you for sharing your great news. I look forward to seeing you in Denver soon.

Seal Family said...

Way to go Dan and Mike!! Happy Easter! Love to all. The Seal Family

Linda said...

I can't think of better news! Spring has finally sprung!

Steven L. Ritter said...

YA.......!!!!!!

Enough said...

Steven

Sandy said...

Easter represents new life, new everything... just in time for you and may this next phase simply be more new and good life for you!

Kate said...

Like everyone is saying, yes, yes, yes. Hip hip hooray. Hallelujah. Way to go, Mike. Way to go, Dan. I am crying tears of joy.

Love, Kathy

sigun said...

Dear Dan,

What a relief -- I didn't expect any news before leaving for Greece in the morning, but now I can leave with my mind at ease. What a joyous Easter you are going to have! Keep it up! Bises, Sigun.

Rebecca Weber said...

God Bless immunity!

Big Frank Dickinson said...

OH YEAH!

Great news, Dan. I'm very happy for you; and way to go stem cells (keep the Big Guy's little guys going!).

Tom

CancerKicker said...

Hoooooooooooooooooooooooray!

kathy phillips said...

Hi Cuz,
We're so very...very happy to hear your wonderful news. Happy Easter, happy spring, happy life. You Patterson's have always been so amazing.

Love to all,
Kathy, Don and all your family here in California !!!

Amanda said...

Woohoo! I'm doing my happy dance for you here. Also, I expect some fist pumping any moment! Such awesome news!

Love,
Amanda

David said...

Ve in Vashington are wery happy too! Dave C