Thursday, June 18, 2009

Disappointing setback

Sherrie wasn't able to receive her chemotherapy injections today. Her white blood cell count was too low, particularly the infection-fighting component (count was 700, anything under 1000 is considered bad).

As a result, Sherrie is going to have three days of Neupogen shots, and then another attempt at chemo will be made on Monday, depending on whether the white cells come back up.

Apparently, the fact that her count was so low "slipped through the cracks" as the doctor said. The white count was 3.5 after the last series of shots. The doctor said that if he had known that, he would have ordered more shots until the count came up.

So Sherrie's schedule has slipped several days. From now on, chemo will be on Mondays, assuming no more slippage.

Sherrie was a bit disappointed, as she had psyched herself up for chemo today, a bad weekend, and feeling better early next week. Now, we'll have to wait.

It's probably for the best, as getting sick with a low count would likely set her back much more than a few days, besides being a bit dangerous.

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