Thursday, February 23, 2006
Feb. 23, 2006
...on Day 13 of 29 --- in Chemo-speak...
PROGRESS THUS FAR:
-when Erica first entered the hospital, she was too weak to even sit up by herself. Lifting her head up was a chore. Now she is able to sit up, fluff her pillow, and reach for The Economist.
-from using a bedpan to independent bathroom trips.
-from yakking and unable to eat to eating like two sumo wrestlers.
-from waking every 60 minutes to sleeping for four hour stretches.
-from me washing her in the shower while she sat on a stool to standing (almost!) independently to bathe herself---if you don't count that little fainting spell yesterday...
-from the inability to get out of bed because of the pain in her leg to walking three laps the other day. Hopefully we'll beat that record today!
-from having four different IV lines in her arms to having only one Picc Line.
-from getting pricked every few hours to only once every other day.
-from having new bruises appear out of nowhere to vanishing purple and green smudges.
The other day, I ran into one of her many doctors. He explained to me that the reason all the doctors and nurses were so extremely concerned about Erica was because of the comparison to the 'normal' leukemic patient that is seen. Usually, they are admitted with a white blood cell count of 90,000-100,000 with the high being around 300,000. So when Erica presented at 750,000, everyone was shocked and hyper-alert. They hadn't seen anyone with such a high WBC count, ever. They had no frame of reference for what to expect and seeing how well she is improving, they are beyond thrilled. They said that they couldn't have hoped for a better outcome! So I would say that her largest accomplishment is bringing that insanely high number down to the 250 we're at now!
Today we are cutting her hair to a nice bob as her long locks are starting to fall out. I'm not much of a hairdresser, but I'll post a picture afterward and hopefully I won't botch it too much! She seems rather unphased by this loss... almost amused by the amount of hair that began to fall only yesterday.
posted by Erica at 10:00 AM