Today the doctors came in visibly upbeat and gave the results that have become so foreign to me that my reaction was one of dismay. Alice's numbers are up. Her hemo count is at 13.6, her platelets rose to 33 and her ANC is 2.6 (2600). After reading off the results the doctors said, "you can go home." Usually after hearing the results I've programmed myself to ask, "well how long will it be to match blood and get platelets?" Today was no different except that I caught myself at mid sentence and requested them to repeat their statement. I couldn't believe it, we were out of there. I had to hold back my emotion because I realized we may be in the middle of a turning point. Alice let her emotions fly because she didn't want to leave with out ordering herself lunch and playing with the toys for six hours. I was good with it. We still have to balance her possible GVH as we taper her medication down. If her GVH persists then we are back to where we were regardless of where her numbers are. We know how quickly she can change for the worse; but for now, Alice is doing better and that is what counts as we take it day by day to her recovery.
On a different note, but shifting the positive news into four-wheel drive; I realized the other day that school is close to getting out and summer is here. Many of you will venture outdoors and try your luck with nature. But before you do, there is no better way to be instructed on the safety and "neatness" of nature than a tutorial by Lenny Pepperbottom. "Isn't that neat?"