Friday, April 02, 2010

Discharge Aborted

Well, it seems Ireally messed this one up. Yesterday was not a good day. Blistering headache with vomiting. Ultimately they took me off the anti rejection meds, gave me some IV dilauded and things calmed down. But not before I had my whole team in a tizzy. I felt much better this morning, after getting close to a full night's sleep. They only woke me once during the night. But the doctor was not very keen about discharging me because if I got sick again I would have to return to the hospital, get admitted through the ER (sit for hours and wait for a bed with all the sick people around me, coughing and hacking) and there would be no guarantee they would have a bed, or that I would get a bed on the transplant floor. The doc said, if she were me, she would stay the weekend and get discharged on Monday. So it looks like an Easter celebration in my hospital room. I declined the invitation to decorate my IV pole and participate in the Easter parade. But maybe I'll take a video to share.

I'm not too upset with this delay. I've written about our experience in Arkansas when we had to get admitted through the ER on a weekend and it truly was a nightmare. They are short on staff and cancer patients don't get any special treatment through the ER (we are such a spoiled bunch!), even though we are immunosuppressed.

With the exception of yesterday I've continued to do well. My white count is up to 8.1. Hemoglobin is 9.2 and platelets are 80. It has been along time since my platelets were at that level. This is all good because the elevated white count will help fend off infections and will help draw up the hemoglobin and platelets. Way to go Mike. (since these are Mike's cells). I had my first transfusion with Mike's blood type (O+) a few days ago and no complications. Changing to his blood type should not be a problem since O+ is the universal donor anyway.

So, we're looking at a Monday discharge, provided I behave myself. Will keep you posted. And thank you everyone for all you support.
Love,
Dan

7 comments:

johiker2 said...

wowowow. great news. keep those suckers growing lord! love, pam and john

Seal Family said...

Have a Happy Easter! Sending great thoughts! Love The Seals'

Brett said...

Since when have you ever been known to behave yourself??!! A conformist you are not, but I know you will do everything you need to get yourself well and home as soon as humanly possible. Thank you for the updates. My thoughts are prayers are sent your way every day, Dan. You're a role model for us all.

Keith said...

Dan,

Happy Passover/Easter. Wish you the best.

Keith Killian

Philip said...

I am pumped for you. Cheers from Ann Arbor! -Phil

Steven L. Ritter said...

Out of the Hospital on Monday is still faster than I thought it would be. Glad they got it under control. Have a very happy Easter. Praying here for you...

Raju said...

Dear Dan:

I was pleased today to review your recent blogs and learn how you have been faring. Our prayers, love and friendship continue to be focussed your way. Your friends Doris & devraj.