All about blood counts and gratitude
Written by Lorelei Decker
Today we went to have lab work done and met with Dr. Geister. As expected, my blood counts (white blood cells) are pretty low. They're showing at 1.4 (normal is 4.0-11.0) even after a full shot of Neulasta. RICE chemo is notorious for depleting blood counts. It's a monster of a chemo. Experiencing it, I understand why my counts are low. Anywho, we're going to go back to Dr. Geister Monday morning to check my blood counts again. If they're higher, he'll send me to receive the next round of chemo. If they're around where they are now we'll have to delay chemo until my counts come up.
As for now, I'm feeling fine. The nausea has subsided and I have no back pain today (praise the Lord, please continue to pray for no back pain). I'm going to pack up my things and head to Tahlequah to see Bradley. I need a break. Also, your body really does respond to the state of your mind. So hopefully this boost to my spirits will also be a boost to my counts!!
I have days where I am frustrated that I'm still dealing with cancer.. But I continue to pray for a humbled and grateful spirit and the Lord answers! Today he used my doctor to share the message "I couldn't start getting better until I stopped focusing on what I had lost and started focusing on what I had left." Amen!! I am so grateful to have the health and strength to get to go see Bradley for a weekend. I am grateful for another birthday. Grateful for treatment (that one is sometimes hard to swallow) and grateful for hope through Jesus Christ our Lord!!
As far as stem cell transplant goes, we don't have many concrete details yet. In the cancer world, as it should be in all of the world, we take things one step at a time. So we're gonna get through this round of RICE chemo and in about four weeks I should meet back with the SCT oncologist.
Posted on Wed, August 15, 2012
by Lorelei Decker