.... and then I ran a fever and bought myself three days in the hospital!
Last night I started running a fever. The rule post-transplant is if you run a fever of 100.5 or higher you will get admitted to start administering IV antibiotics and whatever else. The danger is that the brand new immune system may be too weak to fight off an infection so they want to jump on any problems right away. So I spent the entire night in the ER - sorry, emergency department - finally got a room on the transplant floor at 6 AM, slept for a few hours, and am just hanging out here getting IV antibiotics. Of course I'm not running fevers anymore, and my symptoms are all consistent with a simple cold. But the rules are you have to stay in the hospital until you've had negative cultures for 72 hours and no fever for 24, so I may end up spending my weekend here. I say may because they are hard up for rooms right now and it doesn't make much sense to waste a room on someone with a cold, especially because I live very close to the hospital and can easily come back if my fevers return. We'll see.
I definitely jinxed myself though because I came up to the floor to visit the nurses last week, and here I am, back as an impatient, able to visit with them as much as I want!