Wednesday, 31 July 2013
I woke with anticipation, waiting on the blood results that had been drawn at 2:30am. The white blood cell count should start spiking today...
Andrea, my nurse during the night, came in at 7:30am, but brought disappointing news. My white blood cell count was still <0.1, my platelets count had fallen again, and now my haemoglobin level had fallen below the safe threshold.
My nurse for the day was Becky, and she was charged with the task of giving me platelets and blood in order to raise my 'levels'.
And so my morning was spent having the platelets and blood transfusion, helped along with pre-meds (which sedated me). I was done by about lunchtime, so Vineetha picked up a Butter Chicken masala box for me from the cafeteria on the 2nd floor.
After showering, I decided the white blood cells needed to be shaken out, and I prepared myself for a walk around the unit.
I intended to do one round, but as each circuit of the unit neared its end I pushed myself to do another. I eventually completed 5 circuits of the unit (representing 0.35 of a mile). It's not far, but for me it was a morale victory!
The room at Fairfield Inn had become available today, so I persuaded Vineetha to stay there for the night. After two and a half weeks of sleeping on a bench and using a common shower and toilet, she deserved some comfortable surroundings.
The night was lonely without her in the room, so I watched a movie and tried to get some sleep before the 2:30am blood draw ...