Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Chemo Round 2 Day 17

Today was a little bit better. I am still having trouble speaking and still have a sore throat but it is a little bit better today. My labs today showed that my hemoglobin and platelet count both dropped a little today and my neutrophil count dropped to zero. I guess it can't go any lower!

My temperature went down overnight but came back up to just about 100 this afternoon. Hopefully it will go down overnight. Dr. O'Marro from infectious disease saw me today and increased the dose of one of my antibiotics and added a third one. Dr. Lanzotti came in tonight and told me he thinks I will be home for Christmas. Of course, he can't be sure, but based on his experience, he believes I will make it. I hope he is right!

Debbie McEvers (also known as Trouble) came to visit me today. She is a nurse at the hospital where I work and our birthdays are only 6 days apart. Of course, I am the younger one. We have been friends a long time. She brought me a bobble head doctor and painted it for me. It has my name badge on it and a list of orders that I frequently write. She also brought up some fresh bread. I was also visited by Pastor Albright from our church. He came when Teresa was here also. We had a nice visit and a prayer. It was nice to have both of these visitors but I would prefer not to have any more while I am in this time. My counts are very low and I do not want to take a chance of catching something that would prevent my getting home for Christmas. I am sure you can understand where I am coming from.

Jon made it home today but I have not talked to him yet. He was very tired when he got home as he was up very early this morning to get to the airport on time. He planned on a long nap when he got to the house.

We got our downed trees taken care of today. They have been cut down but now we need to get the limbs moved to the roadside for pickup. The boys should be able to get that done for us, I hope.

Teresa stayed home this morning to be sure all the work was done and to pay the man doing the tree work. Then she came up here to be with me. She was going to go home a little early but she wanted to be here when my doctors came in. Unfortunately, Dr. Lanzotti came in late so she got out of here late. Hopefully, she will sleep in tomorrow. She really needs the rest.

Hopefully, my counts come up and my temperature goes down tomorrow. We will just have to wait and see how God's plan works out. I just wanted to thank everyone again for all the cards, prayers and well wishes, they have really helped to keep my spirits up.


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