Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) is a measure of the number of neutrophil granulocytes (also known as polymorphonuclear cells, PMN’s, polys, granulocytes, segmented neutrophils or segs) present in the blood. Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell that fights against infection.
The ANC is calculated from measurements of the total number of white blood cells, usually based on the combined percentage of mature neutrophils and bands, which are immature neutrophils.
This used to terrify me. Ashton’s ANC this morning is 10. Tomorrow it will be at zero. Providing he doesn’t get sick, it actually makes me happy because we will get to go home soon. Soon is a relative term. The ANC need to go to zero and climb back to 100 and we are FREE! Free, is also a relative term. We will be free for about ten days after that. HOME! And it’s summer time! Ok, I may be getting ahead of myself. We will likely be denied any contact beyond the room as of today. I am going behind the woman who cleans our room with bleach wipes on every surface.
Realizing this is not a tantalizing post for many, it is for me. We have thus far escaped all that blew my mind on round one. We have many things to look forward to, like the Fire Department party/fundraiser and bike riding and we may even pitch the tent in the back yard to simulate camping. We will bake cookies. We will play baseball with the Poplar Street Gang. It will be brief. I’m just excited because it could be soon!
One more thing. I was thinking yesterday about when we head for Cincinnati and I want to bring our nurses with us.
No one will be able to stay at my home. It will be Ronald McDonald House all the way if one chooses to come visit. I doubt I will have much support there at all. Note to self: where exactly IS Cincinnati?