Home Tonight, Big Tests Tomorrow
Friday December 21st 2007, 2:20 am
Filed under: Leukemia

I got to come home tonight. Been sleeping in own bed for a few hours and will attest to the regenerative powers being better even than the hospital.

Blood sugars still elevated, but at a level that everyone feels safely under control enough for me to be home and not getting dehydrated. Told that some people just have massive insulin resistance during first twenty-eight days and should expect to have to be admitted to hospital as needed. Can deal with this.

My arm is fractured for sure, but the orthopedist said that’s just going to keep happening for a while because of the lack of strength in the bone and the size of the tumor (what used to be a benign bone cyst). We will keep the pain under control (ish) and as chemo progresses, the bone will become strong enough to heal itself and stop fracturing.

Tomorrow is critical Day 15 Bone Marrow Extraction, in which I go in for some patient surgery and we see how well the chemo is effecting my bone marrow. We’re hopeful that the leukemia cells will be down from 80% (when I was diagnosed) to less than 5% in the marrow tomorrow. They said that this will even make the marrow easier to extract because it will be less thick and sticky. I never thought about it like that.

Also some big chemo tomorrow, but all hopefully outpatient barring any complications. Feeling positive.

–Reid.


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