Another trip to the eye doctor today but this time for our cat, Dory Alexander. After two months, we’re still fighting ulcers and corneal clouding in his left eye. The local vet has been consulting with the eye specialist and sending her digital photographs all along but she wanted her to see Dory in “person.” It was a bit of a journey – more than an hour each way. Fortunately, Dory is a good passenger and, as usual, he quickly charmed the doctor and staff at the new clinic. The vet diagnosed stromal keratitis caused by the feline herpes virus and, in addition to continuing the antibiotic and Tacrolimus, prescribed an antiviral eye drop and oral Lysine (interesting since we recently watched the film, The Informant, and therefore know Lysine comes from corn). So, now Dory and I are both on long term antivirals. I probably should be taking Lysine, too. As I was checking out, I realized I’d made a mistake on something I told the vet. The receptionist went to tell her and returned immediately. “I’m sorry, she’s on the phone with a patient. I’ll have her call you.” Then she stopped and laughed, “I should say client – most of our patients don’t talk on the phone.” For a moment, I thought we had Dr. Doolittle!
My Vidaza treatment was uneventful yesterday, always a good thing, although I’ve recently been experiencing more frequent nausea in general. My bloodwork was the usual oddball beginning-of-cycle mix of borderline highs and lows and high platelets. At least it’s predictable and considered very good by the medical folks.
WBC: 3000 (norm 3000-11200)
Granulocytes (~ANC): 1500 (norm 1400-9200)
Platelets: 539 (norm 150-450)
RBC: 3.85 (norm 3.90-4.90)
HGB (hemoglobin): 13.7 (norm 11.5-14.3)
HCT (hematocrit): 39.3 (norm 34.0-42.2)
Liver enzyme results from September 28 CMP:
Bilirubin 0.7 (normal 0.0 – 1.2)
AST 33 (normal 0-40)
ALT 34 (normal 0-40)
Alkaline Phosphatase, S 161 (norm 25-150)
I got a flu shot on Saturday, my first vaccination since the transplant, and suffered no ill after effects. I’m scheduled for my first round of childhood immunizations on December 1, the day after my one year rebirthday.
Today is Michael’s and my 27th wedding anniversary. After my treatment, we’ll head over to Bertucci’s for our traditional anniversary meal – pizza. They have a large variety of toppings, and I’m hoping to find something that will get along with my uncooperative taste buds. No chianti though. I guess I’ll do my toasting with water tonight.
Since this post is so soon after the last, I’ll give you some more time on that tag line. Hint: it’s appropriate for Halloween.