I'm feeling better today, but my white counts are still low. I will probably be here until Wednesday at the earliest so they can keep an eye on me. Whenever I leave the room I have to wear a mask and these purple surgical gloves. My mom commented that I looked like Miss Piggy. All I needed were the pearls!
They've been pumping me with so much saline (1 liter every 4 hours) that I was up every hour to hit the restroom. Mike stayed with me last night so I probably woke him up whenever I dragged my IV unit in with me. My nurse also came in every two hours to check on me, including at 4am to draw blood - not fun. I was still able to get some sleep, but it was difficult. My bed here is not as nice as Fairfax Hospital: my bed there automatically repositioned itself every few minutes to eliminate bed sores and here I have a standard hospital bed.
After one trip to the restroom, I came back into my room to see my entire team of doctors and nurses (at least 12 people) waiting to talk to me. I call them the "Irish Team" because a lot of them are Irish (and I adore their accents!). They came to check on me and to let me know that I'll be here for a few days. I have some funky rash on my neck, which they think might be an allergic reaction to surgical tape, but they have to fully investigate. I had a room full of people checking me out and examining me - it's a good thing I've gotten over any shyness I might have had!
My morning nurse, Amy, was shocked to learn that I'm Jan Erickson's daughter. They used to work together and she knows Mom well. There are a lot of nurses and other staff here at NIH who know Mom so I get treated a little bit like a rock star whenever I mention her name. Of course, I have to be careful what I say about Mom too! Both Mom and Dad are stopping by this afternoon to see me.
I finished watching disc 1 of "North and South" and I'll watch the other disc soon since I have no place to go and plenty of time on my hands. Visitors are welcome, but anyone with a cold has to stay away. With my current neutropenic status, I encourage everyone to wait and see me when I get home. I also can't have any outside food either. I'll get better and be home soon - I promise.