Some weeks are sent to test you and this was one of those. Today I got the fantastic news that my new immune system has started to grow with my blood results showing a Neutrophil level of 1.47. You probably have about 3.0 and I need a minimum of 1.0 to be allowed out of the building so why am I not sprinting for the hills? Well I’m not quite there yet.
Since last Saturday I’ve had an infection which struck when my immunity was at its very lowest. For 4 days I had temperatures consistently above 39C which is unhealthy to say the least and dangerous when they creep over 40C. The problem comes because so many of the vital proteins in your body are not able to exist above 41C – imagine what happens to an egg white when you heat it up and this is what starts to happen in the body. The process is called denaturing and once it starts the body begins to shut down.
I cannot remember a thing for 4 days because I was delirious or asleep but I was conscious enough to know that things weren’t going so well. Alison stayed by my side for hours on end without hearing me respond to a single question sensibly (a not entirely unusual situation) and the situation seemed not to change. Doctors moved from anti-biotic to anti-biotic until on Wednesday there was a bit of a shift, the temperatures came steadily down and I became more lucid. It’s been all up since then, I’ve eaten solids and although I’m still not through and the odd temperature spike upsets things, I know those marvellous little cells are getting on top.
It’s been a tough week but we’re so grateful for all the messages and care that people have sent. I am certain that my recovery has a bigger carbon footprint than China thanks to the number of candles being lit on my behalf and the gates of heaven are stormed daily on our behalf. Thank you. It makes a massive difference. When I got good news this morning I felt lifted and now I'm shattered again.
I can have a proper look at some Catch22 material this week and having signed up to Spotify, there are many playlists to compile. If all goes well, I could be heading out of here in a week.
What a difference 7 days makes.
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