The waiting game

So it begins. The waiting game. I am waiting to be on home leave. It’s an excruciating wait. I don’t know when it will be, and I won’t know for how long.

The problem here is that we just don’t know when my Neutrophils will be at a point where I can safely leave the room and the hospital. The general rule of thumb is that a patient’s Neutrophils must be over 0.5 before they are allowed to leave the room. It gets a little more complicated when the patient’s on home leave, as they’ll need to be supplied with meds and dressing changes and instructions on what to do and so on and so forth.

It also depends a lot on the consultant in charge. Some consultants will only let a patient go on home leave if their Neutrophils are 0.6 or 0.7 and above, while others are content to let the patient go at 0.5. And we can’t actually control how quickly or slowly the bone marrow produces white blood cells!

So I have to wait till my bloods are back every day before I know I can go for home leave.

If there’s one thing I hate doing, is waiting.

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