Hello there! I'm coming to you from my little chemo room down at the Taussig Cancer Centre at Cleveland Clinic's sprawling main campus.
There's not a whole lot to report today other than: I'm doing fine for the most part. The "most part" component is due to the fact that my white blood count is low. What does this mean? Well, this week it means that I probably shouldn't be around sick people (or groups of people,for that matter) and that my hobby of licking things should be put on hold for the time being.
The doctor said this drop in white blood counts is pretty much normal, but they thought they would see this much earlier in the process. They are going to look at the lab results of my blood draw next week to see if they will need to adjust my Revlimid dosage. If that's the case, they may need to alter my cycle a little. I'm hoping that they don't 'cos I'd like to just get on with the stem cell harvest.
The crazy thing about all this is that none of my other blood data has changed. As a matter of fact, they say that my blood is still crazy healthy except for that one thing.
The doctor was very encouraged that I walked between 4 to 6 miles every day when I was on vacation and that I started back at the gym. He did not oppose my 45 minutes on the crosstrainer or that I was doing moderate lifting again. He told me that he is happy to know that I am doing these things because he wants to make sure I am fit as I go into the transplant. Well, yes, that's the goal!
Check back in next week to see if my white blood count has gone back up or if I will need to have my Revlimid routine altered in any way.
Current Location: Cleveland, OH
Current Mood: chipper