Upon leaving the hospital we went to the oncologist’s office for my Neulasta shot, which helps keep your white blood cell counts (WBCs) from dropping too far. Chemo makes your WBCs drop like a rock. Neulasta helps cushion the blow and starts restoring your counts sooner. Normal WBCs fall in the range of 4.3 to 10.8. As of noon today mine were at 1.9. The danger in this is that you are much more prone to infection and catching stuff that your immune system would normally fight off. So for the next week you can just imagine me ducking and dodging down the crowded NYC sidewalks trying not to get sneezed on.
Tonight we are staying at the Hampton Inn MSG, near the Empire State Building, where my parents have been staying since the 9th. When we got to the room the staff had put a care package on the bed for us, welcoming me and wishing a speedy recovery. Apparently they had been staying updated my status, so when my parents left to pick me up today they brought up a basket and a note. I thought it was an example of some pretty impressive customer service and a very nice gesture.
Tomorrow my dad is flying back to Atlanta to get things ready to be packed up and moved to our new apartment here and my mom and I are transferring to the Hope Lodge until the new apartment is furnished. Just another day on the move for the ever-nomadic Gregory clan! Hopefully things will start to settle into a routine once we are in the new place, and if you aren’t too covered in germs you are always welcome to swing by and visit!
Thank you to everyone who has been praying and sending me notes of encouragement. As always, it is a great boost of spirit to hear from each and every one of you!