We've been doing chemo for almost a year now and have gotten used to the routine:
Chemo on Fridays
Feel Good Saturday
Feel Like Crap Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Start Feeling Better on Thursday
Start it ALL OVER AGAIN....
Low Blood Counts or "Neutropenia" - Means the neurtrophils or white blood cells are abnormally low. Neutrophils are white blood cells produced in the bone marrow and comprise approximately 60% of the blood.
When receiving chemo, these levels are checked constantly.
I can tell when Bailey's counts are getting really low...
And sure enough, the blood test showed this on Friday.
Signs of Low Counts
*Weak and Short of Breath
*Pale Look to the Face
When Bailey got her blood taken, it was very "runny" and thin...She bled A LOT during accessing...It was then that I knew, even before the results came back, that her counts were going to be low.
But...They weren't low enough to cancel chemo. There is a range the doctors follow and Bailey didn't quite fall below that line. (I almost wish she had...just so she can get a chance to recover from this nasty stuff)
We have another month round of chemo...Then we will stop, and monitor Bailey's tumors every 3 months.
Bailey says she's excited to get her port removed and not have to deal with all these appnts. I have to admit, I'm excited about that part too.
Even When We're Tired....Even When We Don't Feel Well....