This is seconds after Rob rang the Victory Bell, signifying the end of stem cell transplant hospital stay. We want to thank you a million times over for helping us get through a tough 2 1/2 weeks at the hospital!!
More updates coming tomorrow about the weeks and months ahead.
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts!!! We couldn’t have done this without all of you helping Rob Keep Pounding!!
I wasn’t able to update last night, as we didn’t get the lab result in. However, the doctor just left and he is going home TOMORROW!!!
THANK YOU so much for your prayers, thoughts and love!! We are on cloud nine, and Rob can’t wait to get home to Dexter, fresh air, and all the comforts of home!
Many have asked us what’s coming up in the next few weeks. Here is what we have learned from the doctors:
No visitors for a while, as Rob’s counts are still low and will be for a while. They said he has come to far to risk getting an infection that could land him back in the hospital. He is also not allowed to go into any stores, restaurants, etc.- other than trips back and forth to LCI (Levine Cancer Institute) for appointments. There is a designated waiting room at LCI for stem cell patients, keeping them further protected.
Rob will be seen 3 times weekly to check his counts and get platelets and blood transfusions as needed. Rob’s first appointment will be this Friday to make sure all is well.
He will be keeping up is walking, with plenty of naps in between, as is the schedule here. His body is still going through a huge overhaul getting used to the new stem cells, and still recovering from the high dose chemotherapy.
I will update as I learn more details between now and tomorrow.
Thank you again for helping Rob through the past 15 days in the hospital!!
Rob had an excellent report from the doctor this morning!
We are definitely scoreboard watching tonight! 😉
Rob and I continue to walk the halls, and tomorrow he will get his 4th out of 5th ribbon, equaling 40 walks!! For anyone new to this blog, especially those that are getting ready to go through a stem cell transplant, here is what our transplant unit’s “Moving and Motivation” sheet says about walking:
“Exercise has been proven to help patients maintain or improve their quality of life. It can help reduce pain, nausea, and diarrhea as well as anxiety and depression.
For our transplant patients, walking can reduce hospital stays with faster engraftment times as well as reduce the number of transfusions patients need by improving hemoglobin levels.”
On a light note, it’s nice to have a ribbon reward system for walking. We sure didn’t win any ribbons today when we played “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” 😉
The scoreboard will be updated with a new blog post, as soon as the lab results come back.
Thank you for being there, Keep Pounding Rob team!!
Every night, blood work is drawn and sent to the labs. The blood counts are the best indicators to Rob’s recovery. For example, when he was at his lowest, the WBC (White Blood Cells) was 0.1.
White blood counts is an indicator of how well your immune system is working. This is why they take so much precaution with visitors, food, masks, gowns, gloves, hand washing and hand foam.
As you can see from last night’s labs on the left picture above, there has been significant improvement from his lowest WBC point at 0.1 to last night’s count at 0.5!
On the right side, you’ll see tonight’s labs, which continue to show good improvement on the WBC!! The platelets likely dropped this evening due to the removal of the tri-port and the insertion of the PICC line. The nurse is pleased with how is labs look tonight.
Each night, we eagerly wait for the results to appear on the whiteboard, much like fans wait for the scores to appear on the scoreboard.
When Rob’s ANC reaches 500 for 3 days in a row, he will be ready for discharge.
Please pray for the ANC to reach 500!! Thank you for your prayers!!
He has eaten more, and has walked several times since coming back from the tri-port removal and PICC line insertion.
Really big news–he is no longer attached to the pole!!! Of course, there is always a chance he may need fluids and have to go back on the pole. For now, however, he is pole free!!
Before Rob can be released, his ANC count has to be 500 for 3 days straight. We are looking forward to reaching day 1 of the 500 number! His labs are drawn nightly, and we usually have the results by 10 pm at the latest.
Please pray for these counts to go up, and for us to get good news on his numbers tonight!!
Thank you all so much for helping Rob Keep Pounding!! You are all the inspiration that has kept us going!! I’ll update once the numbers come in this evening. Thank you again!!!
As soon as Rob got the go ahead from the doctor today to walk again, he was ready to go! The 4B unit is so kind and encouraging! Whether you make it for a short walk or a long one, slow or fast, they celebrate you every step of the way!
Each foot sticker equals one walk, and after you get 10 foot stickers, you turn them in for a ribbon.