Hi, all. It's Mel in Arkansas checking in to say hi to everyone and also to express my joy of finding Pam out of the hospital and back on the network! Welcome back Pam!
I have a question for those who have been in treatment for a while. I had my 5th chemo on May 3, two weeks later went through the Neupogen shots which brought my WBC up to 18 from 2.1. Instead of waiting the usual 4 weeks for my 6th (and final!) treatment, the doc decided to treat me on the 3rd week (which was May 24). When I went for my CBC on May 31, one week out, my WBC had bottomed to 1.42! After only 1 week, which is so unusual. So, doc recommended Neupogen for 5 days straight. Since Thursday I have not experienced any of the usual bone pain, NONE. Today after my 4th shot they checked my blood again. My WBC is now on 1.43!!! The Nuepogen has done nothing. Over the last 5 months my whites have never dropped below 2.1 and that was always 2 weeks out. I am scheduled to return to work on Tuesday, but if my count doesn't rise i won't be going anywhere ( and all of you who are familiar with my boss situation knows what that means). Anyway, I know I am rambling but this really has me puzzled. Does this seem like a common thing to happen after 6 mos. of treatment? I will go for my last shot in the a.m. and talk with the doctor and take it from there. What if the Neupogen doesn't work? Are there other alternatives?
Thanks to anyone who can clear up some of these questions .
Love & prayers to you all-