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June 3, 2011

Stickin With the Positive

Filed under: — brendan @ 17:07 GMT

My numbers are still heading up in the right direction.  The blood samples taken today were to see if my neutrophils were making progress, and setting me up with growth stimulating hormone shots if they weren’t.  Good news is that since last Tuesday they went up from 0.5 to 1.2, where being over 1.0 is their criteria for not being at “significant risk” of infection.  Nevertheless, it also doesn’t imply I can sit in a movie theater or be in a room full of people.  The other stats, comparing last week’s results to the two sets of this week:

  • White cell count: 0.8 -> 1.6 -> 2.3
  • Red cell count: 8.3 -> 10.4 -> 10.4 (still)
  • Platelets: 28 -> 50 -> 67
  • Neutrophils: 0.5 -> [not done Tuesday] -> 1.2

I’ve got another week at home, then back in to the Day Ward for more samples.   The following Tuesday we’ll meet with the doctors to learn about their plan for when my next bone marrow biopsy will be (perhaps sometime that same week).  A week or so after that, give or take, we’ll meet again to talk about when my next cycle of chemo will take place.

Sometime in the next couple of weeks we may hear from St James’s Hospital about having at least an initial meeting just to lay the groundwork for a bone marrow transplant should they find it is necessary.

For the moment, as long as I’m careful and stay healthy, I’m getting to enjoy being at home and spending lots of time with Elana and the boys. 🙂  And at least today, Ireland is giving us a decent early summer day, which is a nice plus.

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