Saturday, April 14, 2007

Another fun-filled day of.... fun, I guess.

I ran lots of errands today; it was a good time. I also went to Coldstone's for ice cream; it was an even better time. It's good to be back on chocolate. I was fine walking around, which was nice. I guess my strength hasn't been affected as much as I thought. I'm tired now though, so I know I'll sleep well tonight. And thank God too. This past week has been the ultimate example of, "I couldn't sleep last night." Hoorah for the hospital.

I know everyone is wondering, "What was she talking about at the end of her post yesterday?" Well, please, let me fill you in. My doctor wants me to home-infuse with hydration packs for the next four days, including today. My kidney functions were returning to normal when the discharged me, but the hydro-packs are just to ensure I continue to get a good amount of fluid in me. So my home care nurse Bonnie came today. She's pretty sweet. She actually said to me, out loud and unflinchingly, "Ain't no thing but a chicken wing!" I was like, "No, you did not just say that." But she had. Anyway, so the hydration went well. I know this because for pretty much the rest of the day, my bladder has been full and giving me grief. I mean, come on vital organ! I just emptied you. Not again. So that was fun. Here's the really fun part of my day though: I get to give myself shots now. "What type of shot, Caroline?" you ask? It's a shot that helps my white blood cell counts increase. It's called Neupogen, or rG-CSF. "What does that stand for, Caroline?" you also ask? Well let me tell you! It stands for "Recombinant Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor (rG-CSF) derived from E. Coli." That's right, every day I get to stick a needle into my leg, bevel-side up, and inject into my thigh-fat a derivative of Escherichia Coli. How freaking cool is that?? I was so excited when I read that on the wrapper. Yet again, add this to the many instances where you are unbelievably jealous of me. I think I may have given myself the shot slightly incorrectly, however, because my leg started bleeding a little bit. It's not really supposed to start bleeding. I guess my legs are just too beastly. Ha. 'S anyway, that was my Saturday. I can't wait to see what adventures tomorrow brings. As always, pax.


Megan Amanda Steffen said...

Mmm, e coli.

You should just rub your leg on the inside of public toilets. Or something.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear you are home now. Yesterday was the kick-off party for the marathon. I'll email you some info about our training so you can see what we are doing.