2/13/09 – Most people hear that it is Friday the 13th and they fear that that will run into bad luck. I must say that my experience was very different. Today I had another follow up appointment to check my blood counts. My counts have greatly improved. First off my platelets are up to 39. Although this number still needs to come up, it is a level that allows me to be around other people without any concerns. More great news is that my While Blood Cell count is now 11.9. This is an excellent number…so good that I was taken off my 4 times a day IV antibiotics. Even better, this was what the doctors needed to see to be comfortable with removing my PICC Line. And YES, Dr. Feldman removed my PICC line today. This was a very pleasant surprise. I can not tell you how good it feels to have those tubes removed from my arm. She also said that I can begin to have a normal diet. In addition, if I promised not to over do it she gave me the go ahead to re-enter the general population. This means I could start going back to work a few days a week, I could go to Church without worrying someone may touch me, I could go to restaurants, and I could pretty much do whatever I feel like doing. The real key is that I will have to begin to rebuild my strength and endurance.
The next hurdle I have in front of me is my PET and CT scans. This will be in the next couple of weeks and will provide the final verification that I am still in remission. Once this is done I will be considered on maintenance.
In the meantime I have another follow up appointment on Monday, February 16th. They will recheck my blood counts again to make sure that they continue to head in the right direction.Jeremiah 33:6 "Behold, I will bring you health and cure, and I will cure you, and will reveal unto you the abundance of peace and truth."
More to come…