The on-going, first-hand tale of a journey through medical oncology... and what happens after.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


I am borrowing a page from another blogger tonight - and will keep this update very brief.

Yesterday was Chemo #2 (out of 6). Red and white cell counts are OK (low end of normal) but my neutrophil counts are low. Not low enough to miss treatment this time, but low enough to cause concern. We are going to start five days of neupogen injections to stimulate my bone marrow. Very slight change that this will cause some bone ache - but that did not happen in 2007 (last time I had this issue). We will know more about that in two weeks when I go in for the blood work prior to treatment #3.

We also got a lower dose of the steroid dexamethasone... went from 12mg to 4mg. This will help with the days of hyperactivity and hopefully with the nights of sleeplessness. But the nausea yesterday was palpable, and not even a little bit fun. But today was a lot better, and I hope that tomorrow will be an even larger improvement. Maybe next time we go with 6mg?

Namaste. Ed


Unknown said...

One day at a time, my friend. This too will pass.

Unknown said...

One day at a time. This too shall pass.

Anonymous said...

My wish for you is that you can spend some time outside tomorrow. Just sitting. Breathing. Seeing. Healing. Relying upon the support of the earth -- the firm, constant, tireless ground beneath you. Taking in the promise of the skies -- bright, enduring, infinite air above you. Free of worry. Knowing that you are lifted by the many people who are sending energy to you and your loved ones. Kay

juju said...

that sucks dad.... really sucks... its almost over though!