Monday, March 19, 2007

Day +31 and +32

Day + 31 - Labs wbc 2.84 ANC - 2087 Hgb - 8.8 Hct - 27.4 Plt - 36,000. The liver enzymes came down a little again. As long as the liver enzymes come back down even a little, the doctors are happy. The doctors had told us on Friday if the ANC remained above 1000 and his cyclosporine level on Saturday was therapeutic, then Dale could go home on Sunday 2/18. Well, it all fell into place so Sunday evening, Dale was discharged home!!! Last week Tuesday or Wednesday when they were starting to talk about a goal date to go home, Dale told me that he would be ready to go home on Sunday. I thought it was a long shot since everything had to turn out perfect for this to happen. I told him not to get his hopes up too high but he said Sunday would be the day and sure enough it was. He prayed every night and meditated after his prayers . He calls it "brightening his light" (something he learned from a friend at church) (the light refers to God's love) His faith in God remained strong through these past 6 weeks. He has a long ways to go but he is determined to get there. Dale , although home now is still in protective isolation for 100 days after the transplant. He has to wear a mask when he steps outside of the house. Danny and Derek both had caught a cold so they were at Grandma June's when Dale came home. He went straight to the sliding door where his dog, Eski usually sits. She looked at him and started barking. I guess she didn't recognize him with no hair. As soon as she heard Dale's voice ,she calmed down. He then went into his room and looked around. Danny and Derek eventually came home and Dale ran to greet them but keeping his distance for fear of catching their cold. If Dale develops a fever, we have to go back to UCLA. If he catches a cold, his counts could drop and it would be a set back for him. We have a new set of challenges but Dale slept peacefully in his own bed last night . I think we all slept well last night.
Day + 32 - What? No scrambled eggs and french toast for breakfast? Dale and I realized quickly this morning that breakfast would not be sitting on the table at 8:30 am. ( At UCLA, Dale's breakfast was brought in every morning at 8:30am) By the time Dale and I got up, Danny was gone, and Wade and Derek were almost out the door. We will have to get back into the early morning "rush around the house" routine again. The home health nurse visted today bringing supplies for his central line care. It is now my job to flush his lines with heparin and change the dressing everyday. I miss the nurses already. The nurses and staff at UCLA were really wonderful. We were very happy with everyone who took care of us. I have to say "us" because they took care of me too. Later in the day Dale took a break from his studies , put on a mask and sat outside on the bench on our porch. He said the chiily air was "refreshing". This evening we watched a couple of basketball games (recorded on DVD by one of the dads) that his team, the Pacers II, played a few weeks ago. He really enjoyed watching them play and win! At 10pm, he marched into the kitchen,took his 6 pills and went to bed. I think in one day Dale swallows 16 1/2 pills. I have trouble just taking my vitamins. We are so grateful Dale is home. Thank you all for helping Dale get through his hospital stay with your prayers and support. We ask for your continued prayers as he still faces a long journey ahead. God's Grace and Peace to you all.....


Brad Chang said...

Praise God! I am so happy to hear that you got paroled for good behavior. This is the best news that we have had in a long time and we are so happy for all of you.

Keep fighting the good fight and please let us know if we can do anything. I will ask Auntie Shari to make you some ribs.

May the Lord continue to light your path and fill you with His light.

We are here for all of you and in our constant prayers.


The Chang's

teddi said...

To the Inouyes,
Praise to the Lord for taking such good care of ALL OF YOU ! ! ! THIS WAS THE BEST NEWS THIS MORNING ! ! ! Reading that you got to go home and seeing your dog, you sitting on the porch and just sleeping in your own bed is wonderful medicine. Keep up the good work, Dale. I know that the morning rush is busy, but then when your brothers leave, it's time to get some rest. Keep on exercising, keep up with your school work, etc. We'll keep praying for all of you. Our love, popo and gung gung.

Ryan Saruwatari said...

Hi Dale,

I heard that you came home. Welcome home! How are you doing? I bet it feels good to be home.

Keep getting stronger.

Talk to you later.

Your Friend,

millie said...

hi dale!
welcome home!!! (my home away from home)...

when mom told me you might be able to go home on sunday, the first thing i thought that this is the best birthday present your dad has ever gotten in his life.....dale going home! HAPPY BIRTHDAY WADE!

i'm so happy for you dale... this is the best news!
i told my brother doug yesterday and he too was very happy for you. along with auntie nadine and family and coco and uncle eric. wait til i go home and tell tobie! what do you think he'll say? you're right....ruff, ruff, bow, wow!!!

i'll be seeing "little ruthie" next week and i'm sure they'll be happy for you too. i think ruthie stayed in isolation a lot longer than you did.

it snowed here in lake tahoe today. we didn't go skiing because uncle eric said we'd be miserable. so instead, we went shopping. we went to block busters to rent some movies and i was tempted to rent the wii but decided against it

enjoy being home. give everyone a big hug (when they don't have a cold (yes, that means you derek and danny). tell eskii to sleep on mom's bed (since she's so used it). i have to remember to do that when i'm there (he, he).

till later....take care and remember you're always in our thoughts and prayers. we love you!

auntie millie
(and thank you chase y. for having your computer on our trip)

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kenny said...

Dale, Thanks sooooo much for the Sprinkles cup cake. What is your favorite flavor? It was so (¯`'·.¸(¯`'·.¸(¯`'·.¸ Yummy ¸.·'´¯)¸.·'´¯)¸.·'´¯)
But really the sweeter news is that you're back home

meebs said...

Awesome news Dale !!! It sure must be nice to sleep in your own bed!!! Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Wishing you continued progress on your healthy recovery - The Mibu's

Anonymous said...

Dale, we're so happy that you were FINALLY able to go home! Congrautlations on beating the odds, and keep don't forget to keep updating cause all of us at CSULB are keeping an eye on you. :)