Ok, yeah, I know. You are probably asking, "Home from where?" Well, Dawn landed herself in the hospital Thursday evening, and now, well, now she's home!! I actually intended on blogging Thursday evening, and even yesterday evening, but the exhaustion from stress was overwhelming and so the blogging didn't get done.
And now, you are probably thinking, " Well, why was she in the hospital? " Patience young grasshopper, I'm getting there. So, the chemo treatment that Dawn received 2 Tuesdays ago caused Dawn's white blood cell count to drop. When she had her labs done this past week (Monday), the doctor said that her white blood cell count was the lowest she had seen it since Dawn started treatments last year. The oncologist decided to hold off on chemo treatments this week, and, instead, ordered up a series of Neupogen shots to help boost her white blood cell count. Dawn had her first shot on Wednesday and was scheduled to have another shot on Thursday, and one on Friday. When Dawn went in to get her shot on Thursday, the nursing staff noticed that Dawn wasn't quite acting herself and called in the oncologist who agreed that Dawn wasn't acting right and so she sent Dawn to the ER. When I arrived at the ER, it was around 11 AM and she was definately a bit loopy. A few hours later, Dawn's clarity returned and the brightness in her eyes returned. She was looking and feeling better and we were thinking that she was going to be able to go home, but the docs felt that she needed to be admitted to the hospital for observation and so it was done. Blood cultures were drawn Thursday evening and blood labs were run as well to determine white blood count levels and lactic acid levels. The white blood count levels had spiked and were now higher than normal prompting the docs to feel that Dawn had an infection somewhere. They started pumping some pretty heavy duty antibiotics into her.
Friday morning, Dawn was looking like she was feeling better. She was complaining about a headache, and slight fogginess. She was given some norco for the pain in the morning which helped to make the pain bearable but didn't quite get rid of it completely. At around 6pm last night, Dawn was still complaining of liver pain and said she would like something a bit stronger for the pain. They gave her IV Dilaudid and pretty quickly after that was started, Dawn went loopy again. She said she felt like she was floating and swore that the bed was moving, even though it wasn't. This lasted for a couple hours but clarity finally returned and by 9, she was coherent and cognisant.
This morning, I arrived at the room at 8 and she was still sleeping. She actually slept most of the morning and some of the afternoon. The doc met with us at around 2 and let us know that the blood cultures came back negative and that Dawn was free to go home.
And now she is home!! She is feeling good but a bit weak. She is looking forward to a good night's rest in her own bed. This next week, Dawn may see a reduction in the dose of her Gemzar chemo being that her white blood cell count tanked so badly from it. Thank you to all who continue to pray for us. Much love to all!!