Like a Vampire
My blood counts are down.
And I spent most of my day sitting in the hospital getting a blood transfusion.
Why would this be good news one may ask?
Because this means that the head pain, back pain, overall achiness, and fatigue are not due to the cancer growing, but rather due to other, treatable issues.
For one I was weened off my steroids that I had been taking, and apparently my body still needs me on them to produce whatever needs to be produced for a healthy cell count. So the simple solution is to put me back on a low dose of steroids. I'm not thrilled about this, because I really wanted to get rid of this puffy face and eyes, but oh well. Whatever will keep me healthy is what I need to do.
The other reason why my bloodcounts were down was the Xeloda itself. The chemo can do that, which is why you take a week off, to give your body a break from the poison, before going back on for 2 more weeks. I had a blood transfusion to give me some healthy cells and bring my counts and blood pressure back up.
Now hopefully I will be feeling better. Mentally, I already feel better knowing that the new cancer isn't causing these problems. One of the issues I've been having is being incredibly light headed when standing up or down or even going up or down stairs. I'd actually hear an odd throbbing sound in my head, but I refused to tell my husband because I figured he'd think it was funny and joke around about the "voices" in my head. Well it turns out, my doctor told ME that with such a low blood pressure and my low counts that I might experience a "whooshing" sound in my head. It felt so good to know that I wasn't losing my mind after all....and that it's treatable.
Thank you for those who sent me messages to cheer me up.
And a huge THANK YOU to blood donors!!!!
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.