I thought I should give a quick health break before I tell 1986 part 2.
I had chemo today(round 5 in this regiment, 28 overall). So far no fever, but I think that is because they had to give me a reduced dose again. Here are a few numbers:
White blood cells Normal Range 3.8-11.0 4.9(7/28) 2.9(Today)
Platelets Normal Range 140-450 71(7/28) 47(Today)
The big concern is the platelets. They have never been this low. The chemo just beats them up. Also high fevers tend to eat up those cells as well. The doctor wanted to delay chemo one week and let my body recover more. I told him I would rather take a reduced amount as we have a family trip coming up next week. So he agreed. I asked if there was anything I could do to increase the platelets. He said “no” that there is not shot or anything that can be done to improve that number. I think praying can help. So for the future, please pray that might platelets bounce back. My Bilirubin number, that measures the liver function, is not a concern anymore. It has now been in the normal range for 6 weeks. The plan moving forward is to have two more rounds of chemo and then do a scan(Sept. 20th). That scan is a highly charged emotional scan. The last scan was the one that told me that everything was headed the wrong way. Dr. Duane asked me what I felt about this scan. I told him I believe that the scan will show no signs of disease and that I will move on to a maintenance chemo plan. He agreed that if things show positive improvement that we move on to an easier chemo plan for awhile.
I have been staying very busy, even though I haven’t been working. I have visited with lots of friends and relatives in the past week. I plan to do more before I get back to Pictura.
Thank you for all your prayers! I am still standing and still doing well-even while on chemo as I type this.