Saturday, October 18, 2008

Turned a corner last night

Great news! My hemoglobin and hematocrit counts are now back on the rise (though still a little low). Even more importantly, my neutrophil counts still have gone up quite significantly. As of this morning, my absolute neutrophil count (ANC) was 420, which, being less than 500, means I’m still in the severe range, but a far cry from the 18 I had when I was admitted.

The one other level that my doctors wanted to address was my low platelet count. To that end, I was given a transfusion of platelets this afternoon. Sunday morning’s blood draws will show if this helped. Long story short, if my progress continues forward as it is, I will likely be discharged tomorrow.

My thanks to everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and support. This particular scenario was a close call for me and one that I hope never to repeat.

2 comments:

Diane Cross said...

I hope you never have to repeat it either. It was great to talk to you and Holly today. I'm so glad things are improving. Love you sweet baby brother! Awesome if you are discharged tomorrow!!

nan said...

Whew! Good work getting that ANC up! We knew you could do it!

Hope your discharge happens on schedule and you're home and perking up before you know it!