Yesterday was the first day of my 8th post transplant Vidaza cycle. In addition to my CBC, I got the results of my CMP from two weeks ago. Although not as great as my numbers have been some months, both were good:
WBC: 3000 (norm 3000-11200)
Granulocytes (~ANC): 1600 (norm 1400-9200)
Platelets: 519 (norm 150-450)
RBC: 3.76 (norm 3.90-4.90)
HGB (hemoglobin): 13.4 (norm 11.5-14.3)
HCT (hematocrit): 38.1 (norm 34.0-42.2)
Bilirubin 0.8 (normal 0.0 – 1.2)
AST 44 (normal 0-40)
ALT 35 (normal 0-40)
Alkaline Phosphatase, S 150 (norm 25-150)
So, the infection fighting white cells are in nomal range but on the low end borderline and the liver enzymes are on the high end borderline; hence, today’s tagline. The overall red cell count is slightly low and the red cells larger than normal but the hgb and hct are great. All is well, and the doctors say I’m doing great but sometimes it’s hard to chase away the anxieties over potential relapse or chronic gvhd, wondering what the future holds. Struggling with every meal is getting very tiresome, too. I’ve also developed a new symptom this month, itchy mosquito-bite-like bumps on my face and ears that last several days. They tend to recur in the same spots but with the addition of new spots each round. I currently have about 10 and am awaiting feedback from the transplant folks about how to treat. Debilitating? NO. Annoying? Yes. I guess I’m just feeling a little blue this week – of course, it happens to us all.
On a much happier note, we’re in the midst of planning our late summer/early fall cookout to celebrate the August and September extended family birthdays, 10 in all. We’re having the party on my mother’s 90th birthday, September 25, and are looking forward to a fun day with family and friends. The format will be similar to our Mother’s Day fete in the spring with us supplying the main course and everyone else bringing sides, salads, and desserts. This makes for a delicious assortment of foods and keeps the workload at a manageable level.
Day +273 tagline:
Hymn to Her, Pretenders (IDed by Cathy)