We made it home Sunday evening, we were all glad to be home. Jemma (the chihuahua) was so glad to see Esme and slept with her all night long.
We had to have Esme back at Aflac this morning for her Neulasta shot. The Neulasta helps stimulate new white cell growth, so hopefully we can avoid the neutropenic fever admission this round, but based on stories from others, it will probably still happen anyway. Maybe the admission will be shorter this time though.
After weight, height, and vitals were taken, we were put in lucky room 11. We have been in this exam room every time we’ve come in.
The Neulasta is a sub-q injection, just like Neupogen, another white cell stimulator. After her neutropenic fever, Neupogen was ordered. She got two shots before she was discharged, and we took the other 4 shots and administered them at home. It really, really sucked having to give her shots, she hated it, we hated it. The great thing about Neulasta – it’s one and you’re done. The bad thing – it costs more than liquid gold. And for one reason or another, insurance would only ‘help‘ cover it if it were administered at the hospital. Hence the reason for the return trip today. And I say ‘help’ because the copay is around $4200.No, that’s not a typo. $4200. So her nurse Rachelle did a great job administering her shot, pain was only a 2 on a 10 scale 🙂
Afterwards, I told Esme we would have anything she wanted for lunch. There is a small retail complex close to the hospital called Emory Point with a good variety of restaurants. Esme’s choice? A filet from Bonefish, followed by some froyo from Sweet Monkey. We had exactly one hour on the parking meter, and as I put my phone up to the meter to try to capture the final countdown, it expired before the camera could focus. Perfect timing!