TIME TO GO HOME? MAYBE NOT YET…

Update…why does it matter when I tell you guys when I THINK I am going to get to go home? It doesn’t matter because its constantly changing. As I have mentioned in previous posts, cancer is a test of your patience. It doesn’t always follow your plan. The good news is that I have been done with my 2nd round of maintenance chemo for over a week. This is the point where my blood count numbers should be at their lowest and I should really feel like crap. And guess what?! I DON’T feel like crap. I’ve actually felt really good the whole time I have been here at Camp Summerlin. (I better not be jinxing myself here.) I have been recieving some platelet transfusions (which would to be expected) but other than that I feel like I am just taking up space here…kind of like my bulldog Gru just takes up space at home. (Bulldogs can’t help that they are lazy and just take up space.)

My Buddy Gru

My Buddy Gru

Sorry its not the best pic he’s taken, but he is quite photogenic and handsome (just like the character he is named after in Despicable Me.)

If you remember, my oncologist prepped me to be in here for 3-4 weeks from the start of chemo. She came in my lovely room yesterday and said maybe only 4 more days! (That would make my stay closer to 2 weeks.)

Kids Surprise Faces

The kids were just as surprised as I was when they heard the news. (I also think they could give Macaulay Culkin a run for his money with the Home Alone face.)

Then…my oncologist came in my room THIS morning and said everything is looking good, maybe I can go home in 4 days. (Notice it was the same as yesterday….she has ADDED a day.) She smirked when she said it too. We all know the game. It changes all of the time and so I really won’t know for sure when I am headed home until it actually happens. I am okay with it though. I’ve learned to not worry about it. It will happen when it is supposed to. Plus, I now have my whole home office all set up in my room here at Camp Summerlin.

Office Setup

Bank statements? Check. Laptop? Check. Printer? Check. External Hard Drive? Check. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? Heck yes check! I have everything all set up here now so I can actually get caught up and get some work done. At home there’s always distractions of kids, laundry, dishes…. Here at the hospital, I don’t worry about those things so its really a blessing in disguise that I can get all of these things done. Plus the nurses and doctors get a kick out of the fact that I’ve set this all up. Hey, I’m just trying to be efficient because when I do get home, I want to be able to enjoy those little kid faces and dog faces that I’ve been missing for the past 2 weeks.

PLATELETS HAVE FINALLY ARRIVED

Just a quick update! My platelets finally arrived. It is now 9:30 pm. I mentioned earlier today that I was supposed to get them this morning. Because I need a certain type of platelet, Red Cross actually flew them here to Las Vegas from Arizona. So…they are here and I am currently getting the transfusion. This just exemplifies the need for people to donate blood and platelets if they are able to.

It takes about an hour for the transfusion. You know what that means! I have a one hour date with Buddy Braun.

Buddy Braun 2

 

I also came across this great visual aid of explaining exactly what AML is and how it effects the body. I thought some of you mind find it interesting.

Visual of AML

And last but not least, I finished my ios 7 update for my iPhone! I think it will be worth it! I just need to get used to the new look and few new features. Now how’s all that for my 7th day in the hospital?!

NOT EVERY DAY IS ROSY & DONATE PLATELETS

JUST heard on the news that tonight is a full moon. I guess that explains a lot. You’re probably thinking that I was crazy thinking that everyday was just going to be a piece a cake and full of humor and funny things that happen here at the hospital. Not so. I had a breakdown last night. I can’t pinpoint what caused it. I finally finished my first round of chemo so I should happy but I just felt trapped, sad and helpless. I know I am supposed to just sit here or lay here and rest and get better but that is easier said than done. Especially when you know you have all of these people around you doing everything else for you that you are used to doing yourself.

I woke up this morning to my finished chemo round, yay! But it really kicked me in the butt. I had a fever and almost passed out in the shower. Toss that modesty out the window! You don’t care who sees what when there is just black in front of your eyes. I finally came out of it but that certainly wiped me out for the majority of the morning. I slept more than I have slept in quite awhile here. The reasoning is that the effects of chemotherapy is cumulative, so now that I finally reached my last and final day, it really did me in.

I have felt better as the day has gone on. My fever did go away, which is good because fever can indicate an infection and that is the LAST thing that I need. That’s why everyone gets to wear the super cool gloves and mask when they come in my room.

You remember Dave's cool outfit

You remember Dave’s cool outfit

The best thing of the day so far so that I am not hooked up to Buddy Braun today! My chemo is done and I am still waiting for my platelets to come from the Red Cross so there is no reason for me to be hooked up! I feel free! I went for 2 lap walk around the hospital just because I didn’t have to push him! I feel like I’m cheating on him. Ha.

On the note of platelets…We always think about donating blood but rarely do you hear of people donating platelets. It doesn’t hurt and (from what I’ve been told) it only takes a bit longer than donating blood. There is a special type of platelets that I need and I have been waiting since 8 am this morning. Guess what?  They still aren’t available and its 4:45 pm. So if you have the time, consider donating platelets. There are countless people that can benefit from your donation.