Because of the holidays I moved my chemo schedule up one day, in case my white blood cell count was still low and I needed to come in 48 hrs later for a Neulasta injection, which would have left me having to go elsewhere for that shot (the cancer center is closed on holidays). And then I learned while my port was accessed this morning that the shot around which I was moving my schedule, is now held for 3 days before I can have it. Something about Medicare restrictions, i wasn’t listening by that point — I was thinking Great, just great.
But then I got my blood labs back and discovered my WBC count is back to normal, over TWICE the amount it was 2 weeks ago. So that’s a moot point now because I’m a bad-ass after 3 months of chemo. I mean, come on, have you met my extended support network? That’s why.
As a matter of fact, most of my numbers are moving in the right directions: low values are coming back to normal, high ones coming down. Especially my tumor marker (CEA): it was at 5.9, 2 weeks ago, now it’s at 4.6 (normal reference range is below 2.5). Not too shabby considering I started off at an even 20, 3 months ago.
I’d make a PowerPoint graph but I’m too lazy (and I hate PowerPoint). Just imagine a graph with 20 on the left and the number going down and to the right.
That’s a major source of joy and hope this holiday season for me and is a direct result of the continued broadcast of healing energy I receive from all of you, every waking moment. I started off strong, and I’m finishing this set of infusions even stronger.
So the current schedule is this:
- 30 December : one more CAT scan to show final progress
- 7 January : Appointments with oncologist, liver surgeon
- 11 January : Appointment with colon surgeon
after these appointments they’ll decide whether I’m a candidate for surgery (cross fingers!) or whether I need more chemo (booo!), and hopefully I can get a date set for the future.
As a bonus, I had my wonderful mother-in law visit me during my infusion today. I dare you to find a more loving, thoughtful, good-natured mom – with poise for days – anywhere. Actually if you’re as blessed as Christine and her siblings are, you already found one years ago. Thank you, Cassie, for your company; I got a Christmas present early.
No silly videos this time! get your presents wrapped and then go out for a walk! Happy Holidays y’all!