Thursday, April 22, 2010
Day +10 - The Numbers Game
I really feel like I'm out of the woods now, and on the long climb back up to "normal".
So now it is a kind of numbers game we are playing. I get a "CBC" - or a complete blood count - taken everyday. This is used to monitor where I'm at in terms of my immune system functioning independently. The thing we are watching the most closely now is my white cell count.
At my lowest, the count was 0.1 - and they are looking for that to climb to at least 2.0 before I can go home. (2 Weeks ago, my white cell count was at 6.9 - to put some perspective on it).
The other number they are watching closely is my platelet count - in fact I've already received two transfusions of platelets to keep me going. Today's count was at "7" and a normal reading is more like 150-400.
So. This is why I'm still in the hospital I guess. In my isolation, I don't FEEL all that bad, but, out there in the real world I'm a danger to myself and others at the moment.
The Dr did say that "feeling good" is a great indicator that the actual counts will start to rise soon, so I remain hopeful that I'll be going home soon.