Hello Wonderful Friends and Family
This is the Leukemia Mamma!!
The Doctors came this morning to me with big smiles saying; "you are well enough to go home tomorrow". With a stunned face I thought they were kidding!!
But what about my white cell count... does it not have to completely be killed and then come back up??
Well, the way that I have handled the chemo thus far, so well... no fever, no nausea (praise God), They say I can be home! So, don't come to the hospital.... I won't be here after about 11:00 tomorrow morning!
I still have 6-7 months of chemo ahead of me. I cannot have even a sniffle or cough around me, will have to avoid large gatherings... no going to church... but I can be home with my Rob so he will not be traveling back and forth to see me! This is good.
I will come back and forth to the Out Patient Unit for all chemo treatments.
I still need to watch for fever or any other complication with a phone call to the Out Patient Unit to determine the best course of action. Of course, if there are serious responses... I can always be admitted again... but YOUR PRAYERS are the source of this good news. So, I am trusting God to keep me well enough to be home.
I am part way through my first "Protocol" of treatment. When it is nearly done, they will do another bone marrow biopsy to see how effective the treatments have been and how much Leukemia is left. Then they decide what the next protocol will be. They choose different chemo drugs for each protocol, so my body will not build up a resistance to the drugs.
For those who do not know... the Leukemia attacks the white blood cells, and then multiplies like crazy filling my blood stream with cancerous white blood cells that do not fight desease. So, the chemo kills the white blood cells. When my red blood cells (hemoglobin) drop below 80 (normal being between 120 - 180) then I have another blood transfusion. ( that is what happened this last thursday when my count was 79 - they gave me two more units of blood). When my platelets drop below 10 then they give me a blood transfusion. But, they cannot give a transfusion for the white blood cells. The white blood cells are produced through the bone marrow. So, the Chemo kills all the bad white cells (cancer) and the good white cells. So the next phase is to wait for the white blood cells to reproduce again and then watch to see if the cancer continues to reproduce.
So, it is especially during the time when my white blood count is down, that I am most susceptible to catching anything and I don't have the white blood cells to fight any infection.
What a journey. I have been learning so much.
Thank you again for your love and care. Your words of encouragement and affirmation have been overwhelming. I am feeling held in your love.
If you are healthy, I can have visitors, but please call first. I need to block off 1-3 so I can sleep in the day and rest. So, if you can avoid that time frame that would be good.
Blessings to each of you...