Begging for Chemo?

22 02 2011

Theo insisted we "picnic" on my bedroom floor before I left for the hospital yesterday.

Mondays are blood draw days. The docs need to check my counts to make sure my body can tolerate the chemotherapy treatment. I offer up my arm, they take the sample, and within a few minutes, they’ve got their answer.

Yesterday, everything looked good. Except.

Except one of my blood counts, which was at 1.2. It needs to be at least 1.5, or I can’t have the Carboplatin & Gemzar component of my chemotherapy today.

You’d think I’d be happy to be able to duck out of it. After all, I got a taste of the good life last week — my week off chemo — and, hey, I could get used to that. Real quick. Not to mention my worst side-effects come from the C&G. The PARP is mild in comparison.

The C & G drugs are part of my Tuesday trio — Carboplatin, Gemzar, and the PARP Inhibitor. Whatever my counts, I can still get the PARP.

But I’m a glutton. I want all three.

I was sitting on the edge of my seat — OK, make that the edge of the examining table — when Cynthia Kresge, the Physician’s Assistant from my team, came in with the run down.

“One-point-two is too low,” she said as she skimmed the stats, zeroing in on the single outlier.

My heart began racing, my mind churning with possibilities of how I could get around that number and get my full dose.

“Is there anything I can do?” I asked.

“Well, yes,” she said. “We’ve found that exercise — like a brisk 15 minute walk — can boost this count enough to get it to where it needs to be.”

“I’m so there,” I said, already visualizing myself doing laps around the hospital corridors before offering up my arm once again Tuesday morning.

Then, I realized how strange it sounded, this begging for a chemo treatment thing that I was doing.

“Bet you don’t get that much,” I said.

“Actually, we get it all the time,” Cynthia said. “People want their treatments.”

So do I.

Send up some prayers to heaven today that my count is up and over the top by the time I get to the hospital.

I’ll get back to you later on that.

Copyright 2011, Amy Rauch Neilson

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18 responses

22 02 2011
Tracey

I will be praying Amy!

22 02 2011
Amy Rauch Neilson

Thank you, Tracey. And I’ll be doing my part – WALKING and PRAYING!

22 02 2011
Jennifer Wolf

How ’bout we make like a dogsled and you pull me all the way to Beaumont today? I’m thinking that will be some exercise!

22 02 2011
Amy Rauch Neilson

Hmm. Let’s scale it back just a tad, K? Like, let’s say you drop me off at 13 & Woodward…

22 02 2011
Kristi Rugh Kahl

Get your racin’ shoes on to get that number up! Rootin’ for you today!

22 02 2011
Amy Rauch Neilson

You know it, baby!

22 02 2011
Sara

Sending up lots of prayers for you!

22 02 2011
Gayle Waldrup

Prayers are with you as always, Amy! Can you send up a prayer for my Sister-In-Law of 32 years — she is more like a sister than in-law… She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer a few weeks back and is having surgery to remove one of her breasts on Thursday.

22 02 2011
Sharon L-S

Thoughts and prayers are with you. Exercise enough to get the count up, but not tire you out too much.

22 02 2011
Dawn

Amy, I know you don’t know me…but your blogs inspire me each and every day. I don’t know how you stay so strong…but it’s amazing! Makes my “non-lifethreatening” problems seem so trivial. Thank you and I’ll be praying for you!
Dawn

22 02 2011
Amy Rauch Neilson

Dawn,
I’m deeply touched. But please know that I have my moments, too — I really do. I am far far far from perfect.
Amy

22 02 2011
Bob Adams

WHAT???

22 02 2011
Amy

Hoping your numbers were good. BTW, loved ur hair for the wedding. You are in my nightly prayers. I am so glad that I stumbled across ur blog!

22 02 2011
Bob Adams

WHAT??? You aren’t perfect? I didn’t know that.

22 02 2011
Buffy Kahl

Sending prayers of strength your way so that your laps will be a breeze and you counts will rise. You Go Girl!!!

22 02 2011
Sherri

Prayers.

22 02 2011
Carol Clemens

Amy–

I read your blog daily and spend a little time after praying for you and your family. I exercised 20 min extra today and told the Lord to bank it for you so you could get that blood count up and get the full treatment.
I hope you get a gust of special energy with each prayer and that little bit helps make it all a little easier.

Carol Clemens

22 02 2011
karen roth

Hi Amy.

I remember how disappointed Dad (Jim H) was when his counts kept him from getting chemo. No matter how many times they said that low counts meant the chemo was doing its job, it felt like “a day off” in the battle…and who wants that when you’re there to WIN the fight! So I’m very happy that today’s counts were all OK so you can WIN!

Please say hi to Cynthia Kresge for me…if she’s the same Cyndi who I knew at church!

Karen

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