It has been another happy day. We got up and had breakfast with Mom and Dad, and they left to continue celebrating their anniversary by stopping by a German restaurant for lunch on their way home. After they left, Katy and I went to the hematologist. On our last two visits Katy was in a wheel chair and couldn’t finish answering all the medical questions being asked of her because she was just too weak. Imagine what it was like for Dr. Mallidi to walk into her office and see Katy hop up to greet her. It was another “holy moment” and the happiness on all of our faces told the story. She just kept smiling and shaking her head as if to say, “This is amazing!” That’s answered prayer!
All of Katy’s blood work showed signs of significant improvement today. Although she is still anemic, an iron infusion is no longer necessary. Her levels have come up so much that if Katy continues to be able to eat, she should be at normal levels soon. Her platelet count is holding steady at 179,000, her feet and hands are healing to the point that she was walking most of the time today. One thing Dr. Mallidi encouraged us to do was back off Katy’s steroids as soon as possible. She believes the swelling in her neck is coming from the steroid use. We want to do that, but need to be more conservative this time, because she had her worst HPS flare-up when we backed her down too quickly after her first hospital stay.
The weather here has been warm and beautiful today so after we left Dr. Mallidi’s office, we drove to a favorite book store and shopped with our coupons. We stopped for lunch, then did a little more Christmas shopping before coming home. We had a real bonus day. I made up the term “bonus day” for winter days here in Virginia when the jet stream comes from the south and the atmosphere turns balmy and sunny for a day right in the middle of winter. It usually snows or turns bitterly cold the next day, but on a bonus day, neighbors come outside and wash their cars, laundry gets hung out on the line, people walk their kids and dogs, and everybody feels refreshed. That’s a bonus day. By the grace of God, we had ourselves a real bonus day.Comments: