This past week has been spent in a bit of a drug-induced haze. The mucositis hit me hard, and I am still using a pain pump to help control things and enable me to eat. I haven't gained any weight, but I haven't lost any, either, which is a good thing.
Dr. DiPersio (head of the transplant unit) has been making rounds while Dr. Westervelt has been on break. He seems very optimistic and I expect to be released later this week to the previously mentioned cancer housing. I would love to just go home but I will most likely have about three appointments per week for a while and the drive is about 120 miles one way, so I know it will be easiest to stay in the area.
My days have been quiet and have taken on their own routine. My counts are beginning to rise (praise the Lord!) so hopefully the mouth issues will clear shortly. Right now I am still spending most of my time trying to get food down. (Regarding counts, my WBC is at 1000 today and the neutrophils are at 600.) I am receiving Neupogen shots again to help boost the numbers. Definitely weary of those!
Gary will be one year old on Wednesday. I'll be able to see him briefly this evening, and can hardly wait. I want so badly to be home with him. I am feeling a lot stronger this time, and things like working out on the treadmill are helping with endurance, so I may actually be able to take care of most of his needs once I get home. I'm excited about that. I have been so grateful for all the childcare my family (especially sisters) have provided, but I miss being mommy.
I pray you were all able to enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving holiday with your families. I have been able to enjoy a four day weekend with my husband and have more to be thankful for this year than I could ever begin to list. Mostly I am thankful for life, and for each moment I have been given as a gift. We love you all. Thank you for your prayers, and may the Lord richly bless you all.