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Posted 2017-12-23T04:00:00Z

Day + 15 (Thursday, Dec 21, 2017) Line removal. Day + 16 (Friday, Dec 22, 2017) Homeward Bound!

Day + 15 (Thursday, Dec 21, 2017)

Before Linton could be discharged, he needed to have the Hickman tri-fusion central venous line removed from his chest. It had served him well during his almost three-week hospital stay: for the administration of the two high-dose Melphalan chemotherapies, for the stem cell transplant, for the three days of IV saline, for the multiple platelets transfusion he’d needed, and for the daily blood draws.[...]

Posted 2017-12-18T04:45:00Z

Day +11: WBC count lift-off!

The tartan theme continues (!) but there was a change in the weather in room 742 today. After yesterday’s transfusion, Linton’s platelet levels rose from 10 to 16, taking him into safer territory. Therefore, he didn’t need a platelet transfusion today.[...]

Posted 2017-12-12T05:35:00Z

Tuesday, Day +6. Crafts and candles

The Neupogen shot that Linton got yesterday evening ended up causing him severe pain in his ribs and back during the night.  He spent a good part of the night tossing and turning, and pacing up and down the room, trying to get some relief. This bone pain is a well-known side effect of Neupogen – it results from the bone marrow being over-stimulated and trying to produce new blood cells.[...]