I've had a lot of visitors lately -- my dear wife has been here regularly, my father came to see me as well as Deb and Barry, my sister and brother-in-law, not to mention my Aunt Or, my Uncle Larry, and friend Robert. Between the visits and the ongoing daily routine of the hospital, things have been fairly busy. Thank you all for your love and support.
On the cancer front, so far, no major complications yet (mouth and throat sores, infections). My blood counts have been dropping every day, and this morning the Physician's Assistant told me that as of today, I have almost no white blood cells. This is expected, and Dr. Hoda told me that the fact that my counts came down somewhat slower may be a good sign.
The nausea has really ramped up, so we have been working to try and counteract it and to enable me to maintain my calorie intake and fluids. This has been more of a struggle, although today it seems a bit better. Eating is much more difficult when there is little or no appetite. We'll keep working at it.
To improve my outcomes, I have also been walking every day -- they strongly encourage this, and they have calculated how far around the unit equals a mile, so I've been putting in my time. However, the other day when the sun was shining and the birds were singing, Patricia asked the staff if I could actually go outside. There had been mention of something about this in our earlier meetings before admission, but for some reason I thought that would be for after the transplant. They said that we could! Thank you, Patricia!
So we conspired and got the whole group to go with us on our regular unit walk, but as we approached the elevators, we whispered to the family and friends that we couldn't stand it any longer and were going to make a break for it. They looked shocked at first and somewhat anxious as we loaded the elevator, but we all made it out and had some fun with it.
It was really good to get out for a bit, to see the sunshine not only through a window, and to feel the breeze. Simple things that are of great value. I wish I could go out today, but it will be a little while before that happens again. Enjoy it for me!
Deb and Anton make a break for it
Don't try and stop us!
Barry and Anton - view of the Capitol