Day +504: Keep those high hopes…

“Keep those high hopes, keep those high-apple-pie-in-the-sky hopes….”

Wow, it’s already been more than 500 days since my bone marrow transplant. One month from yesterday, we get to meet my donor Mary Lou and her family in Washington. I can’t wait!! It will also be our first post-transplant vacation. We’ve so much to look forward to in the near future, including a visit from our friend Heather next weekend and a visit from our friends Mike and Cindy in June.

Now that spring has officially arrived, I’ve let go of my winter dreams and am reveling in beautiful shades of the new greens, pinks, and yellows so much in abundance this time of year. Our daffodils and single tulip are gone, and our azaleas are blooming.

I had my monthly blood work yesterday, and everything continues looking good:

April 15, 2012
WBC: 7200 (norm 3000.-11200.)
Granulocytes (~ANC): 3900 (norm 1400.-9000.)
Platelets: 369 (norm 130-382)
RBC: 4.57 (norm 3.90-4.90)
HGB (hemoglobin): 15.3 (norm 11.5-14.3)
HCT (hematocrit): 46.4 (norm 34.2-42.2)

Work began on our kitchen last week and is supposed to be completed by the end of next week. I expected the ensuing chaos to be unbearable but so far, it hasn’t been bad at all. Surprisingly, we were able to move the fridge and dining room table and chairs into the living room temporarily without moving out any of the living room furniture. The toaster oven, grill, and microwave are adequate for cooking, and the cats are actually enjoying exploring the new layout. We’re eager for the work to be finished and nervous about the final results but otherwise managing just fine.

We filed our tax returns late last week, days before the deadline…whew.

In other news, I traded in my long ashy brown wig and got a new short auburn one at the American Cancer Society last week. They provide free wigs to cancer patients and survivors. Michael and I both love the basic color and style but the wig is not as high quality as my silver one – the color looks too uniform and the part looks a bit “wiggy” by comparison. I’ve decided to return to the shop where I got the silver and buy a similar one in red. My consultation is Thursday. It will be fun to change colors and/or styles back and forth so easily. After many years of hair dyes, I can really appreciate the convenience. Who knows how many I may end up with, lol.

Sorry I’m so behind on posting photos. With my iPad, I’m rarely on my computer anymore. I need to set up my albums differently so I can upload pics from the iPad instead.

My friend Chris and I continue to enjoy our weekly movie nights. We finally watched Temple Grandin, recommended by Cathy, and it was excellent. We also watched Bridesmaids and enjoyed some good laughs along with some surprisingly touching moments. Our most recent watch, The Spiderwick Chronicles, was just so-so. Next week, we’ll probably go out to see The Hunger Games. Keep those recommendations coming – I’m always looking for something new.

Today’s tagline is from my Story of Hope (linked here) published on the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation site last month. I was flattered to be invited and happy for the opportunity to contribute.

Day +479 Tagline
Crazy, Patsy Cline (IDed by Chris)


  1. Karen, I’m so jealous of Heather for once, getting to visit so many wonderful people in DC. I’m such a homebody though, that I wouldn’t like all the traveling for work that she does. My others friend Karen also loves having more than one wig. I was talking to her yesterday about you and your wigs, and she thought having a silver one might be a good idea. I completely understand about pictures. I’m on the iPad most of the time too. Hardly ever use the laptop anymore.

  2. I thought you had this tagline before. Glad my mind isn’t going completely. 🙂

    I am so happy Heather gets to visit you. I am sure the time won’t be long enough. But even an hour or two is better than not at all. Where in WA will you be? Just wondering how far that will be from here. It would be nice to see you while you are on the west coast. But David will probably be on a trip by then. Just let us know more details. Thanks.

    Good to see the blood work is still looking excellent! Keep it up. Also looking forward to more pictures. Of you and the kitchen.
    Love you.

  3. rubber tree…..some movie…dean martin??
    doris day???? am I close????
    Josef is in the Father land so we are all on a paid vacation!!!!!!!!!!!!!! come visit!!!!
    Davids bday is Saturday and I decorated last night. see you soon….. 🙂

  4. Great update Karen! I’m happy that you can do the wig thing. I could not stand them – I felt like I was being squeeze on my head! Lori

  5. I am also glad I am coming to visit you. Although I hope I’m not too much in the way with all the construction going on.

    I’m not sure why my sister said she is jealous of me “for once.” I figured she’s been jealous of me before now–but this is a good thing to be jealous about. 🙂

  6. Hey Karen!
    Great to hear that you continue to show such good results. Kepp on truckin’!

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