Still spending my days at the hospital. I've been getting there as early as I can while still maintaining something resembling a household at home, and then staying until 5:00 (with standard time, now 4:00) when I need to come home to get the kitties in the house. We don't let them out after dark.
The good news is that Mike's white cell count continues to decrease, and today, he was able to eat the first near-food items that he's had since Saturday, October 26th. He is on full liquids now, which just means they've added some milk-based items to his pretty much fluid-only diet. Here, he's enjoying his first food in what seems like a year.
They're also giving him TPN (more info here), which is infused over a 24-hour period. That was started last night, and he'll get another bag tonight, which will run through tomorrow evening. The goal is to make certain he's able to tolerate enough caloric intake to maintain health before he's able to return home.
I can't say enough good things about his doctor, Dr. Janelle Yutzie, who has been attentive, kind, and extremely competent throughout this ordeal. He looks pretty good in that picture above, but when he first met Dr. Yutzie, he was looking like death warmed over. It was luck of the draw when we arrived in the ER a week ago, and he really drew a great doc. The rest of the staff at the hospital have been similarly excellent. It certainly has eased my mind to know that he is in such capable and caring hands when I can't be around to watch over him.
So that's about the scope of my world these days. I caught up on some magazines today, and I've been stitching like crazy. If he doesn't come home soon, I'm going to have to make up a new stitchery to work on.
Thank you all for your kind and supportive comments and your healing thoughts and prayers. It has made the past week a little less lonely to have such a caring online community of friends.