Morning, all. Day +18 and we're back in the doctor's office for a short visit to check my counts. My whites are still going up, reds going up, platelets still edging down a bit. Hopefully by Monday my platelets will start coming up. I've got to get to a platelet count of 50 (I'm at 16 right now) before I'm free to do things like ride my bike or drive a car so that's the next big milestone. Everyday I'm feeling a bit better and I am starting to approach feeling "normal" - whatever that means. The current schedule is that I'll get my line removed next Wed and will graduate from the program. Yeah!
This morning I felt chipper enough to do a run. 1/2 mile at a whopping 14:58/mile pace. Whoa! Brisk walkers will exceed this pace but it was the first sustained run I've done in a month so another big milestone. My heart definitely noticed the work - I was close to 170 by the end of the run. Here's the graph of this baby workout (click the image for a more viewable version):
And I liked the juxtaposition of 3 Teat Pete and the heart rate monitor:
And while we're on the subject of slightly inappropriate body pictures, here's what happens when you get a shot in your tummy and your platelets are at 8:
I've finally started to get some taste and appetite back. The simple pleasures of enjoying a bowl of cereal are now mine to savor:
Well, that's it for today. Off for a walk with Susan and then back to the casa for some coding. Happy Friday!