Hey good counts are always nice.
Lately my White Blood Cell count has been around 3.5. I would like to see it in the fours. Heck I would really like fives plus. Anyhow today’s counts were pretty impressive (for me):
White Blood Count: 4.5
Well it doesn’t look like I will be getting the dosage of those maintenance drugs reduced anytime soon. Today’s white blood cell count was 4.4. And hemoglobin was 14.4!
Ugh…five days since my last chemo infusion and my counts are not good.
My white blood cell count (WBC) is 0.7. Hardly an immune system. Very neutropenic.
So, I am on a preventative antibiotic (Levaquin) for the next seven days. And we will check counts again on Friday.
Well as expected and desired my white blood cell counts are dropping. To give you some perspective, if I were healthy, my white blood cell count would be between 5 and 10. Yesterday it was 4. Today it is 1.9.
Yesterday I still felt really good (C-Diff aside). Today I am really, really tired.
Through out my hospital stay I have been blessed with a number of great visitors. Soon this has to slow down if not halt altogether. Two reasons:
1) Today I tested positive for “Clostridium Difficile” or “C-Diff”. Basically this arises after taking antibiotics for a long time thus killing not only bad bacteria but good bacteria too. The solution is that they have changed my antibiotics. However, I am now a risk to visitors and the staff. So the staff has to gown up to work with me and visitors are not allowed physical contact. No hugs, no handshakes. Sigh.
2) My white blood cell counts are supposed to drop soon. In fact, they should drop to zero. This will leave me with basically no immune system. Thus I am at high risk of getting infections from visitors.
So visitors are not good for me and I am not good for them. Not sure how long either of these conditions will persist. We shall see.