Day 12 – Happy, Happy Day!   October 18th, 2011

What a difference a day (and night) can make. My doctor came into my room early this morning to let me know that my neutrophil counts have soared to 6,960 from yesterday’s 1,960. As a result I was declared non-neutropenic, the warning signs were removed from my door, all my IV anti-biotics were stopped, and I’m down to a couple of pills a day. I will also no longer be getting the Neupogen shots, so my neutrophil counts will like drop a bit tomorrow, but will still be well above 1,000.

Also, my platelets are on the mend by my own body. I was at 20,000 yesterday, and 21,000 today. Still quite low, but improving on their own.

A little while later, during rounds, I was also informed I would be getting my Hickman port out, so I won’t have to deal with maintenance of the tubes in my chest anymore – because they won’t be there! I had expected to deal with them for another two months, but apparently they will no longer be necessary.

Talk about being surprised and elated!

I have also been scheduled to return for my first scan post-treatment on November 9th, so I will be flying in the day before with Linda and out on the 10th.

We fly home to Boston on Thursday afternoon. Tomorrow is a day of observation to make sure everything is still okay. It will also be a day of packing, as I have collected a lot of the comforts of home here – like towels, a bath mat, a duvet, collapsible notebook tables for use on beds, etc.

I also decided I need to get more protein and fat into my system, so instead of broths, I tackled a slice of pizza (managed to eat only the cheese, as the sauce was a bit too spicy for my mouth, the bits of sausage got too spicy over time, and the crust was too dry) and some reheated fajita beef (went down pretty well). The girls are out right now gathering a freshly roasted (to meet neutropenic diet requirements) chicken for us to share. I hope that goes down well too. And I started the day with a protein shake. So my food and caloric intake is improving, and I’m feeling more energetic for it.

Also, being non-neutropenic, I managed a nice couple hour nap this afternoon snuggling closely with Linda (who napped well too).

All in all, a wonderful day.

I’ve been told I can even have dinner off-campus with the family tomorrow night! So tomorrow should be a great day too (I will be getting my port out then as well, so perhaps a little bit of pain, but worth the reward of being free of alien parts in my body).



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24 Responses

October 18th, 2011 at 20:33
Gail Thomas Says:

Jake, Jake, Jake!!!!! Wonderful news. I hope you and yours’ enjoyed dinner tonight! This was such a wonderful post….. I have to say – You’re on your way! …… to NID!!!!! ♥ Love you and the fam!!!!!

October 18th, 2011 at 20:35
dara Says:

Absolutely outstanding news!!!! High fives and hugs all around!! I’m sure you have started planning your celebratory feast back in Beantown :-) Glad to hear the appetite is on the mend as well!

October 18th, 2011 at 20:37
Gail Thomas Says:

Make that NED!!!!!!!! Keep it going!

October 18th, 2011 at 21:04
Trent & Cinde W Says:

Hooray! Happy eating and safe travels…… NED!!!! :)

October 18th, 2011 at 21:32
Jessica Says:

Yes, it sounds like an awesome day — woo hoo! Much love from California. xoxo to you all.

October 18th, 2011 at 22:35
Bob Gibson Says:

Hi Jake, This is great news!! Best wishes from the Oregon coast.

October 18th, 2011 at 23:04
Tara & Guy Smith Says:

Such great news!!!!! My only question is….. Did you wear your butterfly wings to dinner?? To Ned via snuggling with Linda, dinner with the kids and home to Boston!!!
Much love from Santa Barbara

October 18th, 2011 at 23:16
Karen & Rog Says:

Jake, we can hear the happiness in your written words.

October 19th, 2011 at 00:57
Liz Says:

Yipee…way to go…The mouth thing is tough I know…I have some great items that may help…they did for me. I can send them to you just let me know where…hugs….

October 19th, 2011 at 02:08
Martin Says:

What a great news! Things will go uphill from now on!

October 19th, 2011 at 02:18
dad Says:

Jake, my dear son! What a great news! See what 4 glasses of Becherovka last night in the Prague’s Mexican Restaurant can do? Good luck on the way home and in Boston. And also our thanks to Linda and kids for perfect care and snuggling :))))

October 19th, 2011 at 05:27
Jarmila Richter Says:

Jake, it’s wonderful how your body recuperates and you will soon be on your way to Boston!

October 19th, 2011 at 05:31
Wallace Says:

Great news all around. Getting rid of the port is great for that back to normal feeling.

October 19th, 2011 at 07:01
Angela Says:

Yay! Doing a happy dance on this side of the ocean!

October 19th, 2011 at 07:16
Glen Reem Says:

Wonderful news. Keep up the good work your system is doing. Reading this blog, it is amazing to me what ‘abuse’ the human body can take when that ‘abuse’ is well designed.

October 19th, 2011 at 07:30
Judy Workman Says:

Amazing, happy news Jake! It sounds like you’re doing it your way, kicking ass and taking names! Love that you were able to snuggle and nap together and that you’ll be headed back to Boston with energy. Hugs, hugs, hugs!

October 19th, 2011 at 07:38
Cecil Berry Says:

Yahoo, great news Jake. How much you has missed real hugs, I can not imagine, not anymore!!!

October 19th, 2011 at 08:54
Denise & Teddy Says:

Huge smile on my face, from ear to ear.
I am speechless .
– more and more hugs to you and Linda and the kids and ALL your care givers.

October 19th, 2011 at 08:58
Meryl Says:

Whoo Hooo! Great news..and your picture is very handsome as well! Enjoy your day out and about with Linda and the kids! I am very excited for you..your news made my day! To NED!!

Love you guys! xxxoooooooooooooo
Steve and Meryl

October 19th, 2011 at 09:22
Lisa Amidei Says:

Happy, Happy Day indeed!!!!!! Keep fighting those cancer cells, Warrior!! I cannot imagine the good feelings you have being untethered and able to get/give real hugs. Happy, happy day!!!

October 19th, 2011 at 10:42
Debbie Says:

Been following your blog since beginning, you are truly an amazing and strong person, Jake! I was so happy to hear today’s news! Hugs to you, Linda, and the kids. You have been in my thoughts and prayers here daily and I will continue. To NED!

October 19th, 2011 at 10:51
Cynde Says:

wooofrickinwooohoooo!!!!!! I can feel your enthusiasm coming through my monitor :) I imagine the snuggle with Linda was so comforting. The human touch is comforting and healing as well. I hope you have a great dinner tonight and I’m sure you will savor every bite! Please keep us posted and let us know when you land in Beantown!

Hugs and much love (and tears of joy),


October 19th, 2011 at 10:57
Faith Says:

Sweet!!! Here’s to NED and getting back to a more normal life!

October 19th, 2011 at 16:04
Vince D Says: