So here I sit. Still in a hospital bed 3 days later. My blood counts have started to come up and I haven’t had a fever since the first night I was here. I was hoping I could get discharged today, but they won’t let me go quite yet. At first they had me on 2 antibiotics. I had a reaction to one of them, which they gave me i.v. benadryl for. The benadryl cleared up the reaction but I hate the way it makes me feel and that first night it made me very nauseated. After Saturday they let me do just oral benadryl, which still made my sinuses very dry and I get so groggy, but I didn’t have the same awful “rush” as I got with the i.v. Since I haven’t had a fever for a few days and my counts are going up I was able to convince the doctor that I didn’t need both antibiotics anymore so I’m completely off the i.v. now except for 30 minutes every 8 hours, and benadryl free.
As far as the stem cell harvest goes, they’re hoping to be able to do it tomorrow. If they can then they might let me out once I’m done with that. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Even if for some reason I can’t do the collection tomorrow I hope they let me come off the one antibiotic and let me go home. Time will tell. They’ll be drawing my blood VERY early tomorrow morning to see if I need a transfusion before the stem cell procedure. Then hopefully sometime tomorrow afternoon I can go home!
Thursday I have another outpatient procedure to place a stint in my left ureter which is being compressed by some fluid in my abdomen. So I don’t have a lot of free time on my “good” week this round. Next week I start the 5th round and then it’s Christmas. Anna will be driving down from Chicago and staying with me during my low week. Then I’ll just have the round in January to get through and 4-6 weeks off while I don’t need to worry about anything… except probably getting to CT scan and blood tests. I should be feeling good for a lot of that time so it will be a nice break before the high-dose.