Round number 3

Today is exactly four weeks from the start of this roller coaster and Boeta received his third round of chemo today.  Not bad going for deepest darkest Africa!  I am immensely grateful for the speed and efficiency of private healthcare and that we can afford medical aid to pay for it.  I am very much aware that Boeta probably wouldn’t have been diagnosed and treated in time in the state health system. 

Woutertjie is looking well and his full blood count improved.  His platelet count improved from 70 to 280 (normal is 140 – 420).  His white blood count was 0.5 on Friday, 0.4 on Sunday and is 0.7 today.  Normal is 5 – 15 so we still have a way to go but at least it seemed to stop dropping.  Yesterday he started receiving subcutaneous boosters to stimulate his bone marrow so let’s hope it does the job!

I’m leaving hospital early tonight – I should be home at 20:00!  Let no one ever tell me that working for a boss is hard work!  I used to spend 8 hours a day working, 3 hours getting to work and back and the rest with my family.  Now I spent 24 hours with my family, 12 of that in hospital and it is a lot more work and a lot more tiring than “proper” work.  At least at UCT one gets tea breaks!

I am now off to play with Carien.  She is a year and 5 months old and is such a little drama queen!  She recently started playing with dolls, stuffed toys and anything that she can potentially call “baba”.  All she really does is picking them all up and carrying them around, scattering as she goes.  She has the attention span of a drunken fly and loses interest as soon as she sees the next thing.  She is such a girly girl.  A sure way of getting her attention is to mention clothes or jewellery.  And handbags.  And telephones.  And shoes.  Everything no girly girl can be without.


3 Responses

  1. Very glad that his blood count has improved.

  2. Hey you,
    So glad that Wouter is doing a bit better – and love hearing about Carien’s girlyness too.
    I think some pics are in order (if you ever have time that is).
    As always, loads of prayers and big warm hugs coming your way…!

  3. Yes, I fully agree that working for a boss is so much less busy than doing “this” 24 hours a day. But soon you’ll establish your new routines and it will start feeling a bit more “normal”.

    Carien sounds so cute.

    Yay for the counts coming up. Pray that things go well this round!!!

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