I naïvely thought since it had been two weeks since my last chemo that my blood counts would have rallied and it never crossed my mind that I wouldn’t get chemo today. However, a number that is normally 1400 and can’t be below 1000 for chemo was only 100. These are the mature good blood cells in my blood. So it was a quick “no go” for chemo. We reviewed lots of numbers as Dr. Osborne is trying to understand the best course of action. My liver numbers are up (not good) and hemoglobin is down from 12-10 (anemia) and, as mentioned, the ANC was 100 (the last time I didn’t get chemo it was 400). So, instead of chemo I got a shot to stimulate my bone marrow and bone strengthener through port to help with back pain and to maintain activity levels. Now we have to wait until my blood numbers are much higher and there’s availability for chemo appointments. Apparently, they were no remaining appointments available this week but Dr. Osborne then proposed we go over to big Baylor and take chemo there on Friday. So I will do labs again midmorning on Friday and, Lord willing, if my numbers are up we will do chemo at the hospital. With her normal concern and compassion and problem-solving skills, I could tell Dr. Osborne was trying to connect the dots for the best course of action – both short-term and longer-term. We can feel enlarged lymph nodes on the left side under my arm (they have all been removed on right where the breast cancer is) and around my neck and with the elevated liver numbers I know she is concerned about the liver stability and continued spread. We are scheduling another scan for three weeks.
It is another opportunity for me to wait and rest and trust. Right now, all I really want is rest 🙂 So I sign off before, hopefully, a big fat nap! And though Dr. Osborne is slow to get medicine for sleeping she was quick to concede to Ambien for me. Maybe I will get back to my old sleepyhead ways after all.
Your notes and text and prayers and verses m were all an encouragement. The Lord uses His people to continue to set my mind on things above. Thank you.