So, every week when I go in for chemo the first thing they do is check my blood counts. They do this because if my counts drop enough they would stop and do a week off, even give me a transfusion if the counts are low enough. Last week when I went in they gave me chemo but also warned me that with this chemo they usually do a 3 weeks on, 1 week off rotation. Last week was my 4th week in a row so it was likely this week my counts would probably be low enough that we would want to skip today. Well, today when I went in my counts were pretty much the same as last week so we went ahead and did a 5th round! For the next few weeks we’ll keep a close eye on things and keep going if we can, but any time I can probably expect my body will need a bit of a break.
Frankly, I’m not sure they understand how hardy this Briggs-hybrid stock is. My hemoglobin (red blood cell) levels have hovered around 8.7 for 3 weeks in a row and my ANC (white blood cell) has stuck just over 1.4. I’ve been eating a lot of kale and grapefruit, I’m going to assume that’s helping and keep going with that. Doesn’t hurt that I’m kinda craving it anyway. I guess it could also be all the Vanilla Coke I’m drinking 🙂
In other news I got the purple on my hair touched up a bit yesterday and even had my stylist show me a couple other ways to style my “do”. Today I rocked a faux-hawk to chemo. It was pretty epic. Tonight I’m currently sitting with my feet in a home-rigged pedicure tub and am about to paint my toenails to match my hair. Life is good… relatively good.