Monday, February 2, 2009

Groundhog Day

Life gets into a distinct pattern with chemo. Chemo patients live in cycles defined by feeling poorly right after treatment to reaching a point of "wellness" the few days right before the next treatment. Such is the case with my final chemo.

I knew, I KNEW, I was low in the white blood cell count department last week. I felt like crap the whole first week of chemo, which is normal except I had my stuffy nose, cold thing AGAIN. So my visit last Tuesday to the doc for blood counts was a complete repeat of the one 3 weeks before.

Get blood drawn...WBC counts are 1.6...Vampire: "You gotta see Dr. K"...Me "Don't want to"...Same room, same blood pressure machine, same chair, Bill in the same chair...wait 45 minutes...Dr. K comes in and says the exact same thing..."We need to put you on antibiotics"...Me: "Can I go home now?"


Hence, my groundhog day reference.

If I didn't know better, I would swear some evil soul stuffed a cold germ into my bag of chemo. Twice now. 5/6 and 6/6 = a cold that won' go away for 2 weeks.

Bill's take on all this is that my body has reached the point where chemo and me don't agree anymore. That's just fine by me. I have great anger at that evil liquid in a bag.

I don't even care what the stinking ground hog did today. I'm living it.


1 comment:

Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer said...

That certainly wasn't a Michigan groundhog. The local one refused to come out. Too cold and too much snow.
Have they been giving you Neulasta?
Especially with the 2 young children bringing whatever home with them. Hopefully the white blood cells will regenerate on their own. It is amazing how much chemo changes our lives.