I’ve been back in hospital this week. I had an appointment with my doctor, who sent me for a platelet transfusion. (Platelets make your blood clot.) I came home, and straight away had the shivers and shakes, then a temperature of 39. So back to hospital I went. Five hours in emergency later, I was back home on the ward, where I stayed for two nights on IV antibiotics. Before my transfusion my platelet count was 8. After being admitted my platelet count was 7. Normal range is 150-400. When I left hospital my platelet count was 29. Still critically low. When I was admitted my wcc was low. When I was discharged it was critically high at 43. Normal range is 4-11. So, in short, my bloods are crazy. My wcc was high because I don’t take my Leukaemia medication when I’m in hospital. Sometimes I’m glad to take a break from it, but obviously, I can take a break for too long. When I started back on it after chemo this time, I had a severe pain in my neck and shoulders, like whiplash. I couldn’t turn my head. I couldn’t sit or stand without pain. I spent a few days just lying down, and crying when I tried to sit up to eat. I’m very relieved that hasn’t happened when restarting it again this week - I’m taking a lower dose.
here’s why I’m relieved. Because I need to clean my house. The contrast
between being in hospital and being home is too stark. I can’t come
home from chemo, or from the transplant, to such a mess. So, that’s the
plan for this week. Catch up on all the forms and payments that are the
start of the year business, and clean up the house. I’d be embarrassed
to die and leave the house like this. I have a week or so to fix it before going back in.