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Day 12, post HiCy – Neuts are back!
March 28th, 2008 by Chenell

We got some great news today in the HIPOP clinic. Chris’ counts came back and his Neutrophils are at 1117, just yesterday they were at 245! Chris’ WBC is up to 1330, platelets are UP to 19 but the red blood cells are still declining. Since Chris’ Neutrophils are over 500, today was Chris’ last dose of the Filgrastim growth hormone. The nurse practitioner gave us the day off tomorrow. We have to go in Sunday for some final labs and on Monday to see the nurse practitioner again and possibly get discharged from HIPOP and have the Hickman IV line removed. Looks like we are going to be on a plane home on Wednesday! Chris’ getting out of here ahead of schedule. It’s a testament to just how healthy he is.

3/28/08

Day 12

3/27/08

Day 11

3/26/08

Day 10

3/25/08

Day 9

Norm

Low

Norm

High

White Blood Cell Count (WBC)

1330

350

100

140

4500

11000

Red Blood Cell Count

3.59

3.68

3.81

4.00

4.50

5.90

Platelet Count

19

13

14

28

150

350

Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC)

1117

245

10

0

1500

7800

Chris and I were a little curious to how they determine the absolute Neutrophil count (ANC). We were wondering if it was at all related to the WBC. I found this pdf file on-line that explains how they calculate the ANC. I would do it with the numbers I have here but I am missing a number to be able to calculate it myself.

We have noticed since Chris’ platelet count has been down, the inside of both of his arms where they rub on the wheel chair are scratched and bruised looking (very slightly, nothing to cry about). That is only from a slight pressure. Just goes to show you that you need to be a bit careful not to injure yourself with a low platelet count.

This morning Chris noticed that he’s started losing hair. After he took his shower he wiped his head and face down with a towel. When he looked at the towel it had hair in it. Right after lunch Chris started pulling little hairs out of his mouth. His shirt looks like he just had a hair cut. Chris thinks it’s his beard falling out and not the hair on his head. He hasn’t shaved since the treatment started and he’s got bald spots on his face. It’s rather funny. :)

So I got our tickets home tonight. We fly out Wednesday morning. It is going to be so nice to be home again. I just wish I had a job to return too but oh well. We joined United Airlines’ frequent flier program in hopes to maybe upgrade a ticket or two in the future. We have 4 more trips to make back out here in the next 2 years to follow up with Johns Hopkins. We have to come back at 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years.

The main reason I signed us up with United Mileage Plus is because people can transfer their miles to our account for us to use toward tickets. So if anyone out there has any miles they aren’t using and have no one to give them too, we will take them. ;) Drop me a line if you have any to donate. :)

Tomorrow is going to be a nice break. It will give us a chance to relax and get things somewhat packed up so we’re ready to go. I am going to have to go to Kinko’s or something to ship a lot of stuff back.

Anyway, it is late and we are tired. More to come tomorrow if anything interesting happens (don’t hold your breath) if not I’ll write on Sunday.

Chenell