Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Today was my first of what will be at least 8 straight days of trips to Cedars Sinai. Today's trip and the next 6 will be to receive a shot of Neupogen and a blood test. The blood test is to see how my immunity levels are holding up. The Cytoxan I received last week is methodically destroying my white blood cells. The Neupogen increases them in the bone marrow. A normal white blood cell count is between 4 - 11. Mine, today, was 4. Bottom end of normal range. It will soon be below normal so I need to be vigilant to prevent exposure to bad germs. Likely side effects of the Neupogen are bone pain and flu-like symptoms. Haven't experienced them yet, but I'm told I probably will at some point. But, snapshot of where I am today is: feeling fine, both physically and emotionally. BTW: I did follow through on both the bike ride and the tennis match following last week's chemo. As evidenced by the attached photo, my backhand needs some work.