Leaping in 2012. Well the phone rang at 5:30 am announing a snow day for school (I'd love to be in Mont Blanc/Chamonix) -- snow levels down to 2,000 feet and dropping, I would love to be going skiing this weekend, but alas my health (and slowly mending broken ankle) would not cooperates. I had to go to the hospital for the third day out of four (and scheduled again for tomorrow) for rehydration and anti-nausea drug infusion. After doing a series of labs the team decided I have "neutropenia" (http://www.realnurseed.com/t1000.htm) which effectively means that my white blood cells are all gone, leaving me at a very high risk of infection. I am home now, but have to take my temperature every hour and once it hits 100 degrees I have to go to the ER for IV antibiotics. This was unexpected, but not unheard of in cancer patients (or radiation patients). Here is what my blood looks like (an example, not my actual blood) showing my risk for infection. So now I have to avoid anything uncooked, raw, dirt, pets, people, germs, etc (basically wear a mask except in my own house) and I arrived home to a lovely treat -- my sister-in-law sent me a beautiful (and fragrant) jasmine basket -- what a lovely treat on such a nasty snowy day when I feel so under the weather. Two chemotherapy sessions down, 6 to go. Then on to radiation. I am looking forward to going to some of Cannon's track meets, as well as Isobel's choir performances, and of course, her graduation.