All Quiet on the Western Front

For a little while there I didn’t update because I was too tired.  Now I find myself not updating because there isn’t much to report.

Still Feeling Well, Still Waiting
I’m still feeling well and thankfully have no mouth sores.  My first elevated temp happened tonight, so we’re waiting to see if it was a fluke or if I’m finally getting that neutropenic fever I keep hearing about.  My temp was 37.3 C.  Your math homework is to do the conversion to Fahrenheit on your own.
You’re In!
The ice tea shade of pee has come and gone.  It hung out for a little bit longer than I would have liked.  I hit the light beer phase for only a little bit and now I think it’s more of a diluted lemonade color.  Progress for sure.
My Dentist Would Be so Proud
I’m still brushing 5 times a day.  Five freaking times a day.
Why Mr. Culross, You’re Wearing Pants
It’s true.  I have pants on.  For my entire stay here, I’ve been sporting boxers and my hospital gown.  It’s just been easier that way.  Today I’ve worn pants and a t-shirt all day long.  It’s nice to feel more normal, although there’s less laundry with the hospital gown.
Prayer Walks
I’ve mentioned that I go for walks on the unit when I feel well.  This is highly encouraged by my doctor.  When Lindsey is here, we walk and talk.  When she isn’t here, I still walk by myself.  I’ve taken to saying a quick prayer for each patient as I pass by their room.  It’s not very long, but it’s helped me to see just how many people are fighting the same battle as I am.  I pray that we all win our fight.
And the Powerball is…
Yesterday and today’s results don’t include an ANC.  I asked why, and they said it so low that they don’t bother counting it.
WBC – 0.5
Hemoglobin – 7.1
Platelets – 16
ANC – MIA
My hemoglobin didn’t jump quite as much as I thought it would.  We’ll see what tomorrow’s results are but another transfusion of packed red blood cells could be in my future.  Hopefully they pack them in the bag a little tighter next time, because I need all I can get.
D14BMb < 5% = Good
I thought my next bone marrow biopsy was after I was out of the hospital, but it isn’t.  I have one on day 14 of treatment, which should be this Friday if I’m counting right.  The count of Day 14 Bone Marrow blasts will help show how effective my initial chemo was.  The prayer is for no signs of leukemia.
A Duck Dynasty Prayer
Father, I trust in you.  I do not know what tomorrow holds, but I do know that you hold tomorrow.  Thank you for another day.  Amen.

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