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Unread 10-06-2001, 07:09 PM
low blood count

Hi Sisters. I have a weekly blood count done while doing chemo. On
Wednesday, my counts were pretty darn low. The lowest they have been.
The doc's office called to remind me of all the things I should avoid: crowds,
colds, etc. We all know the deal. They also said to have my labs repeated
locally on Wednesday, before I head to Penn. for chemo #6 on Thursday.
This way if the counts are still low, I can avoid a needless journey to get the
chemo. The bone marrow effect is accumulative and it may take a little longer
to rebound the counts this far into it. My first snag in the road! Please say a
little prayer for me. I was so looking forward to possibly completing chemo
on Thursday. I know one week won't make a difference in the long run.
And I do feel fortunate that I am finding chemo so manageable. But I am
still ready to be done with it. I have a trip planned to Disneyworld (my most
favorite place in the world) in early December and I'd love to go with maybe
one half inch of hair! oxoxoxoxoxkarenann ovcaIII
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Unread 10-06-2001, 07:36 PM
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Hi Karen!!
So sorry to hear this about your blood count. You are very close to finishing and it would be wonderful to be able to be finished with all this.

I don't have much experience with this. I was lucky in that the only problem with my testing during chemo was one day after a night of a lot of vomiting my postassium was way down, but thankfully it didn't delay my chemo. They just gave me a bag of potassium before my chemo, which made it a 7 hour day instead of five. Ugh....Luckily it was a friday so I had finished my 5 day stint for that round, but I know from other people who I had chemo with how hard that is when you get there, and then they say "sorry...not today".....its very hard to take I am sure.

Will say extra prayers for you that everything works out not to delay your treatment, so that this time next week you will be chemo free forever!! Do take care and make sure anyone with even the sniffles keeps their distance.

How wonderful that you are going to Disneyworld Karen. What a great way to celebrate your treatment completion and all that you have been through.

Love and big hugs for ya!!
Unread 10-06-2001, 07:43 PM
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I'm so sorry you're having this glich. I know how frustrating it can be, I also had one delay at the very end of my second round where we had to delay a week.

A question? Is your Dr having you take anything to help keep your blood levels up during the treatments? I was wondering because my Dr had me taking mega doses (200mg) of B6 which helps blood prodution. If not, maybe this is something you can check into.

I hope your levels will be back up in time for the next treatment so you can get this all over with. Please do keep us updated on your results. I'll say an extra prayer for you that all turns out okay.


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Unread 10-07-2001, 07:29 AM
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I will mention the B6 to my doc. Thanks Vicki. I am aware of neupogen
and epocrit, but perhaps he is just waiting to see if I do rebound this week.
I was thinking about finishing up the end of October. CAT scan, CA125, and
visit with wonderful gyn oncologist who did my surgery. I will then be on
track time wise with some of my sisters here. If I recall a few of you do
those every three month visits that will be starting the end of October or
the beginning of November. That means that come the end of January,
beginning of February we'll all be anticipating together!!! Couldn't ask for
better company! oxoxoxkarenann
Unread 10-07-2001, 08:04 AM
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Karen, I have a checkup Nov. 2nd, then I get to start the "every 4 month" check in, which is kind of scary.
I find the waiting for 3 months hard enough. 4 months is going to drive me nuts. Maybe I will show up at the clinic every 3 months anyway, and see if anyone notices I am not suppose to be there.
Unread 10-07-2001, 01:55 PM
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'S Karen, sorry about you blood count . I don't know much about chemo so I cant really help but I can pray and will definately keep you in my prayers.
My next checkup is in November and I cant wait. This waiting is the pits I feel like going now but that won't solve anything so I just take each day as another one gone til my next checkup ahh what a way to live
Best of luck Karen and many prayers and lots of love being sent your way x x
Unread 10-08-2001, 06:47 AM
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I really hope that your blood count comes back up quickly for you. Hopefully this will be your only hurdle and you will be able to finish your chemo very soon too. As for your hair, well dear it is only hair and your Mickey Mouse Ears will cover most of your head anyways! The important part is that you are able to go and have a wonderful time!

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