Platelet count is up to 69,000. Still not ideal. The oncologists were concerned about postponing another treatment so, it was decided to reduce the dose by 10%, hoping that will allow her platelets to continue rebuilding.
Guessing. Hoping. So much for exact science.
She has a follow-up visit with her doctor in 10 days, unless we notice unusual bruising or bleeding or her temperature spikes. Then we head for the ER.
Anyway, I'm relieved for now.
We're keeping alert for Winter's next (may it be the last) hurrah. Predictions are freezing rain starting tonight and then mucho snowflakes and wind tomorrow. The excitement never ends.
My sister was scheduled for chemo last week. No go. Her platelet count was 61. This week was 67 but still not good enough. They want at least 75. Re-scheduled for next week.
They said there is nothing she can do to bump up her platelet count but, I'll be doing some research.
Her cancer is not gone and without treatment it will grow.
This is making me nervous.
p.s. I'm confused. Blood platelet numbers I found on the net are nothing like what are listed above. What I found range anywhere from 140,000 - 400,000 for normal to under 20,000 seriously low. 61? 67? 75? WTF? Her oncologist is out of town this week. Great.
Sister is handling the new chemo really well. She's usually pretty tired for the balance of the week but a couple of extra naps keeps her going. Other than that, the following two weeks are pretty much normal. (She gets a dose every 3 weeks.) Third treatment is this coming Tuesday. After the second treatment, they finally noticed the cancer appeared to be shrinking. All we can do right now is wing it and hope for the best.
Summer is gone but the days continue to be beautiful.
Thank you all for your good wishes, prayers and thoughts.
Her oncologist saw a spot she didn't like. Biopsy came back positive.
The herceptin she's been on obviously isn't holding back the cancer. She starts chemo again with a drug that was just released this year...TDM-1. Her first session is August 20. She might also need more surgery.
Good news is that tests did not show the cancer spreading to her bones or other organs.
I shouldn't complain, I guess. Bought it in 2004 for less than $300.
Even when there is a valid reason for change, I still rebel against. Familiarity breeds comfort. But, isn't that one way abusers keep their claws in the abused? Shame on me.
We were busy for a while organizing the annual family reunion. It poured rain the whole day but we rent a nice community building for the event, so we all stayed dry while sampling a huge variety of food and visiting with many relatives. My siblings and I get to run the show again next year and then hand over the organizing to Uncle Paul's kids for their turn.
No idea how often I'll be back here. I didn't seem to miss blogging like I thought I might when I was first computer-less. Perhaps seven years is enough. Perhaps I'll have a brain spark on occasion.Whatever.
I'm chipping away at my to-do list in my own time, as usual. Life isn't bad.