Monday, June 1, 2009

Transplant B, Day +5: Full-blown neutropenia

As expected, WBC crashed today to 0.16. Hopefully it will only be here another 4-5 days -- we'll be watching closely. I'm sure it will get lower before it starts to climb. Platelets at 22, so tomorrow I'll need a bag. Hemoglobin at 11.4, which they think is slightly overstated due to being dehydrated (I begged to differ with the nurse on this...just because I've lost 15 of the 20 water-weight pounds doesn't make me dehydrated...but they gave me fluids anyway). But regardless, reds are higher than they were last time, which is good for the energy.

Now it's a waiting game for the new immune system to engraft. Will keep you all posted!

Oh, notably, shared a room with a family from the sticks. Overheard: daughter planning an after-party for her wedding in a feed store; mother claiming "that sounds too redneck."

No, not making that up.