Sunday, March 16, 2008

Heading home

Katherine's platelets were up to 62,000 this morning, so we'll be discharged in the next little while.

Needless to say, we are all thrilled to be going home. It'll be great for her to be at home and free, not stuck in a hospital room and tethered to an IV pole. It'll be great for me to have a shower and a nap -- I didn't get much sleep last night, since she threw up four times. It'll be great for G, who won't have to alternate between taking care of Claire and being with us here. It'll even be great for Claire, who has been rather subdued without her sister (and her parents, and her normal routine).

We will be watching to see, over the weeks and months to come, whether her platelets stay up or continue to drop back down. The IVIG she received raises the platelets in almost all kids with ITP, but when it works out of her system in three to four weeks, her levels may go back down. It's possible we may have to repeat the IVIG treatment again; she will probably recover within the next six months, but she may have relapses during that time which require treatment.

I hope we're done with this, though!

1 comment:

Cass said...

I'm glad to hear you guys are home and that she's doing better. I just saw this article and thought about you:

I don't know if it applies, but it might be worth a read, if nothing else.