Transplant +11: Home time?

Yesterday’s blood test results were hugely encouraging. Haemoglobin was up to 110, platelets 35 and … I Haz Neutrophils! 0.8, to be precise.

The threshold for discharge is platelets above 30 and neutrophils above 1.0. My blood samples have just been taken, so there’s a possibility I may be discharged today. If not, it will almost certainly be tomorrow. A 19 or 20 day stay, against a more usual 21+. After all of the problems I had earlier on this week, I can scarcely believe it.

I’m not going to miss being confined in my room when I leave, that’s for sure. I’m looking forward to breathing non-filtered air again and knocking a few conkers of the trees outside the ward. But I will miss the people who have been looking after me. They are a credit to themselves, the hospital and the NHS – without exception. Like many wards, they’re under staffing pressure a lot of the time, they deal with some very poorly people on a daily basis and yet their care and compassion is amazing. If there was such a thing as TripAdvisor for hospital wards, this would get a 5/5 from me!

Transplant day
Transplant day

I will write again once I’m home. In the meantime, if you’ve enjoyed my missives from room 6, why not make a small donation to the Nottingham Hospitals Charity? You can choose what your donation goes to support, if you wish.There are numerous ways to donate, including by text.

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Reader Comments

  1. Matt Smith

    Wow. I can hardly believe your progress Tim. Very happy for you and your family. Maybe save one of those conkers as a souvenir to look back on as a reminder. Keep us up to date as to the leaving time from hospital.

  2. Andrew Morrish

    The power of modern medicine, techniques and care are so impressive. Fingers crossed for a discharge to plan, or slightly ahead Tim. I have to say from that pic Eeyore looks more like the patient that you do. Take is steady and carefully and keep up the progress

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