Unfortunately Ford was not able to get much sleep last night although he was totally exhausted. He dropped off to sleep around 2 am and was back awake around 7 am.
He started early with his bedtime routine tonight. He settled down about 9 pm and was finally able to go to sleep. (sigh)
Tomorrow is his weekly blood draw. These next several days can be precarious for Ford. It is typically the time of his cycle that his WBC count is the lowest. What this means for Ford is basically this: the white blood cells are the defense system for fighting infection. Without those, the body cannot fight off any attack. If he gets infected, then he has to get outside help to intervene i.e. hospitalization, and hope that it works or he could die. That is pretty plain. Easy choice for him to choose to have limited contact during this time. He has also decided to wear a mask every where he goes. He feels that it is easier for him to wear one than ask every one else to wear one. He does get some stares and curious looks. He is just trying to have one more layer of protection.
This afternoon the announcement came that there are confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus at the MTC. We have a family member that works there and we are praying that he and his family (our daughter and granddaughter) will be protected. They have let us know that until they are sure they are not at risk, they will not have contact with us. We pray that they will protected and able to remain healthy.