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My Bone Marrow Transplant

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

Chris’ blood counts continue to dip as expected.  His platelets are down to 87,000, Rbc at 9.5 and Wbc, 0.38.  With that low Wbc, which was intended, Chris has virtually no immunity.  He was given GCSF (Nupogen) now to boost his Wbc.  If platelets go below 30,000 (in Hong Kong at least), he will then be transfused with platelets; Rbc below 9.0, red blood is given.  The counts are expected to drop till Day +12, that’s 2 days after Christmas.  Situation will get worse before it gets better.

Chris’ oxygen saturation went down to 94 last night and he was given oxygen for brief period.  This is measured by that instrument that’s clipped on your finger and you can read the count on the lower right corner of the monitor.  His fever is pretty steady between 37C-37.8.  He ate his breakfast and barely touched his lunch today but missed meals are compensated by nutritious meal replacement.  Overall, Chris seems to look better and able to watch the telly to catch up on news on the death of North Korea’s Kim Il Jong. )

I won’t be staying at hospital tonight for the first time since the 8th of December.  It’s been raining cats and dogs these past 3 days and that’s affected me when I went out last Saturday so I better stock up on reserves.

Meanwhile as I write, Francesca should be landing in Manila shortly.  Our frequent traveller daughter now uses the Etihad lounge, manages to get a complimentary spa treatment in Heathrow and an upgrade to Business Class on the London-Abu Dhabi leg – “the perks of being a Silver flyer”, she says. She’s really her father’s daughter 🙂  

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