As I sit here writing this post, I feel as though every bone in my hands are breaking, with each keystroke. In fact, I feel as though every bone in my body is slowly splintering, similar to shin splints, but all over the body. Due to this pain, my ability to walk has been impaired, as well as any minimal movement.
This last Thursday, I went into the clinic for my routine chemotherapy treatment. With each treatment, biweekly, blood is drawn to determine my levels, i.e.- red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, etc. The last few chemo rounds, my white blood cell count has been riding the fence of being too low, which then effects whether or not they can proceed with my chemo treatment. In the previous weeks, I have squeaked by, being right on the cusp of too low and sufficient to ensue with the chemo. If the white blood cells are lower than desired, chemotherapy is temporarily placed on pause until the count increases. Having said that, in order for the counts to surge, bone marrow shots are vital.
Since Thursday, I have had a shot everyday in an effort to upturn my white blood cell count. However, this has come with a caveat of painful side effects, mainly being that it feels like my bones are brittle and fracturing by the minute. The shattering side effects have left me disabled and laid up. I will have another shot tomorrow morning, with the expectation that I will be spending another day out of action and united with my bed.
The plan of action is that I will go into clinic again next Wednesday, in hopes that my cell count will have improved, by means of the shots. I’d much prefer to be discussing other types of shots that come in the form of a small glass and liquid fun. But, it looks like these bone marrow shots will be a part of the plan for the next month, to ensure that I am well above the line of “too low”. In the meantime, I will continue to stay in bed and get plenty of R&R, while being heavily medicated. God speed…
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I will update this upcoming week with any up to date news.