Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Super News!

I am home from the hospital! My doctor surprised me with the news this morning. He said they had been waiting for me to be able to eat before sending me home. They took me off the TPN (IV nutrition) this morning. My mouth is not completely healed, but it's slowly getting there. I can eat soup, pureed stuff, applesauce and anything liquid.

They sent me home with oxygen, which I hope is only a temporary thing. I don't use it all the time, just when I get short of breath. They also sent a bedside commode, which may come in handy in the days and weeks to come. I've had no graft vs. host disease yet, but that will be the next thing. The nurse said it could be any time from day 22 after the transplant up until day 100, and sometimes it never happens at all. My doctor said it's a good thing to have a little bit of it, though. It makes the immune system stronger. I am at day 20 after transplant now.

I'll be going into the BMT clinic every day for awhile for labs and to get transfusions, IV medications, etc. They will keep a very close eye on everything.

I have a big bag of meds I need to go through and organize so that I'm taking what I'm supposed to when I'm supposed to. It's so hard to keep track of all of that.

I'm not neutropenic right now. My white counts and platelets are good, but my red blood cells are down a bit. I'll probably get blood tomorrow.

Reece and the girls were delighted to see me, and I was happy to see them, too. Reece just held me and held me. He wasn't saying a word, just loving me. It was so sweet and precious. He wanted to see my "bald hair," and thought it looked cute. I love the way he likes to rub my head. He got a haircut, too, while I was gone, and looks adorable.

I'll keep you updated! Thank you all so much for your prayers and love.


Sarah Oldham said...

Oh, dear girl! I'm chuffed to bits you're home . . . I know it is quite the road for you to travel . . . Lordy, am I keeping you lifted in prayer. God knows best, but He loves to hear from us!

Mele Kalikimaka!!!!!

Hug that Reese-man back. He's just too precious!!! I know how much you love your grands . . . they sure make it easy for you!!!

Therese said...

So glad you are home Kalona. Will continue to hold you up in prayer.

Kelly said...

I'm so happy that you are feeling better and, while I know there is still a long road to recovery ahead, the fact that you are no longer neutropenic and your mucositis is going away makes me so hopeful I could cry for joy. My prayers have been answered.

"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of our mercies, and the God of all comfort."

Anonymous said...

Smiling BIG when I read your news! I know how hard it is for you to be away from home. We continue to think of you and pray for you every day AND we're thanking Jesus. Mom so enjoyed Christmas Mass. It was beautiful! Mom is enjoying Finn and Jonah. Mom, Kori and I took them to the zoo today and they had so much fun. So did Mom. The Dallas zoo is so nice. Hugs and Love, Sandi

Adrienne said...

Good news. Everyone knows that pudding tastes better at home.

Cyber waves of prayer emitting from me to you...

K said...

What fabulous news!!!!