Natalie's counts jumped up to 530 today! We are so happy and amazed. Sorry that I wasn't able to share the good news with all of you earlier. The internet connection in our hospital room is really bad so I was only able to quickly send out an email to a list of people that are in my blackberry.
The doctors said we should plan to go home this Friday. Yes, in two days. Can you believe it? I am beyond happy just thinking about all the things Natalie can do again and having our family back together under one roof after months of enduring through so much.
We were just in ICU last week, and then the pneumonia ordeal. We were told to expect to stay at the hospital for a couple of weeks after getting out of ICU. I am still in shock that we may be able to go home on Friday.
I never got to share with all of you how scary it was when Natalie went down to ICU. It was the scariest experience in my entire life as the ICU doctors were pacing anxiously back and forth staring intensely at the numbers on her vitals tracking monitor, and then making a quick decision to operate and take out her broviac line. I never felt so helpless or experienced so much distress as I waited outside the room during the procedure. Then, after the procedure, being told that the next 12 hours are critical for Natalie. "She could get better or get way worse," was what we were told after the broviac line came out. She couldn't eat anything for two days because they wanted to be able to intervene if her condition got worse. It was nerve wrecking as her numbers did not jump as high as they wanted them to the following day and thinking that any moment something scarier could happen.
So going from the depths of despair to incredible news is so surreal to us right now. We will probably cry on Friday. They will be different tears from the tears that were shed when Natalie was in ICU, but we will probably be a teary mess just the same.