We've gotten a lot of questions about when Faye will be able to go home and why she hasn't been able to yet if her chemo ended so many days ago. The chemo essentially wipes out her immunity and drastically lowers her white blood cell count. On top of that she regularly needs blood and platelet transfusions. The thing to track is her ANC. When her counts begin to recover and are on an upward trend they will let her blow this popsicle stand. Below is an explanation of what ANC is and how it is calculated:
"The ANC is a way for doctors to scientifically determine the stage that the immune system is in after response to chemotherapy. ANC is the real or actual number of white blood cells that a patient has to fight an infection. White blood cells are the part of the patients blood that work against possible bacteria, fungus, or viruses that may make the patient sick. A normal ANC is greater than 1,500. A safe ANC is greater than 1,000. After chemotherapy a patient's ANC may drop low as 0. When the ANC drops below 500 , it is important that patient's remain away from crowds and people who have colds, flu, or runny noses. If a patient is in the hospital with ANC below 500, he will be placed in protective isolation. This is to protect the patient from being exposed to possible infections.
Doctors are able to determine the ANC by using the CBC (Complete Blood Count) results drawn from a patient’s blood labs. In determining the ANC, the “WBC or White Blood Cell Count, ” Neuts or Segs”, and “Bands” should be identified from the lab printout."
I will spare everyone the formula to calculate the ANC because doing math was bad enough in school. No need to relive those bad memories. As of this morning her counts look like this:
White cells: 0.53
Before today her ANC had been zero for 17 days. Hopefully within a week it will climb and get us out of here. And now onto to the visuals.
Faye got the nurses in on her Hat wearing! Faye wanted them all to be cowboys!
Once a week all of the tubing has to be changed! Faye has taken on the task of helping the nurse change it! This last week when the nurse was doing it Faye asked if she could help. So the nurse said sure and gave Faye the old tubing, so they could throw it away!
Loading up all Nixon's milk! Just because she is in the hospital doesn't mean she doesn't have to earn her keep!
On Saturday, Mitchell, Nixon, my Mom and I went down to the Hospital! My mom was nice enough to stay with Faye while The Boys and I went to an Astros game. Faye was just as excited to hang out with Grandma as Mitchell was to go to the game!
Of course before going dad had to get in his teasing time!
And play a little catch the ring on Faye's Legs!
(This picture cracks me up Nick with his tongue out, and Faye closing her eyes...serious concentration going on here!)
Nicks sister Katie told us about Kid History. You should check it out, it's hilarious. My mom took a picture of us watching it! Everything is much better watching it with Nick. He has this contagious laugh, that when he thinks something is funny you cant help but laugh!
There was a giant screen right behind us and as you can see Nixon was mesmerized!
The boys loved it!