Monday, February 14, 2011

Home for V-Day

Averi's counts have been all over the place during this treatment...except for 0.  Last week her ANC hung around 40 for a while, getting my hopes up that she had finally hit bottom, and then on Friday it dropped down to 32, the lowest it's been this cycle.  It's so frustrating knowing that she will stay at the bottom for a while but not knowing if she has even gotten that far.

When her counts went up to 154 on Saturday I didn't think anything of it since they've been all over the place, so it was a nice surprise when they jumped up to 450 on Sunday.  The doctors had said that two consecutive days over 200 would be grounds to go home so we crossed our fingers that they wouldn't drop too much over night.

This morning her ANC was a whopping 1,620!  That's high enough to start the next cycle so it was definitely high enough to go home for a few days...and then Averi woke up with a runny nose.  I seriously debated about not saying anything but knew it wasn't worth taking her home if she just came back the next day with a fever.  We were in luck and they discharged her, on Valentine's Day. :)
(Last night we were playing a game and Averi scooted over behind Kaili so she could play with her hair.  Kaili was an awesome big sister and let Averi have her fun.  It was so sweet.)

Of course good news around here never seems to last for long.  As the doctor walked out, the charge nurse walked in to inform me that we can no longer use our air mattress.  Apparently it is a violation of the fire code and would be in the way if there were an emergency.  Um, I'm pretty sure that if Averi were in a state of emergency I would be awake and totally capable of propping the mattress against the wall.  Not to mention we've been using it for over 4 months now, the couches here suck, and we live here for a month at a time.  I might be a little bitter about the whole thing and I'm pretty sure the mattress is coming back with us next week. :)

Runny noses and future bad sleep aside, I couldn't be more excited!  After what seems like forever, but is really only 134 days, we are officially 'half way' done.  (You have no idea how long I've been waiting to say those words.)  Three of the six treatments are behind us.  Hopefully the last three won't take quite as long as the first ones did.
Happy Valentine's Day!!!


Runningmama said...

Oh, I so get the whole ANC thing. Emily usually bounces all over the place when her counts are trying to rise! Way to go on being halfway done, I was also so excited when we finished round 3, it gets easier to see the finish line :-) Averi looks great!

Lauren in GA said...

Okay, first of all...both of the pictures in this post are completely DARLING!

I am so sorry about the air mattress. Maybe you could buy a twin air mattress and put it on top of the horrid couch? I wish...

I don't know how you do it. I can't imagine having to sleep on those couches. I only had to do it for a couple of nights and I woke up in PAIN. I am glad you are taking your mattress back. Whatever people.

Susan said...

The picture with Kaili made me tear up. They are such sweet sisters.

Congrats on being halfway done! Huge milestone... from now on you're closer to the finish than starting line! Yay!

Also, I'm not a "rule breaker," but I'd totally take the mattress back!!

Tina said...

I do love the hair picture. Her face is priceless. Kaili is such a great big sister!

Glenn and Melanie said...

I absolutely love both of these pictures. I think the Valentine one is my favorite of all!!! She looks like she has plans for when she gets home!