Apr 02, 2009 - 1:35 pm
I just got back from having my blood drawn and meeting with my oncologist. I had my last chemo last Thursday, and have to appear every 7 days for a 'safety' monitoring, to make sure my already-low counts don't fall into the scary range as that last round of chemo kicks in. Everyone seemed pretty happy about today's blood work, although my oncologist said he felt I hadn't yet hit my nadir point and expects my counts to all drop again next week. But my white count was 10.6 (thanks to Friday's Neulasta shot), and my platelets were 63 (not the 100 they should be, but also not the 24 they have dropped to at my low point before). But no transfusion called for today!
Since all I needed was a blood draw, I got all dolled up for my appointment with wig, drawn-on eyebrows, false lashes and dangly earrings; and wore jeans instead of my stretchy valour 'yoga' pants I wear for chemo. I am tired of looking pitiful, and eager to put that cancer-look behind me. My oncologist makes me feel wonderful! He reassured me that he thinks we've killed every cancer cell with the chemo and that I will never have to sit in the chemo loungechair again. (LET THAT BE TRUE!) He'll be scheduling an appointment with the radiation oncologist, and my post-chemo CT-scan in about a week, but has no doubts that my CT-scan will be NED. (Again: LET THAT BE TRUE!) Dr, White is either a great actor, a perpetual optimist, or he truly believes that he has cured my cancer. Whatever it is, I can see the weight lift off of my husband Vic, as he talks with him, and hope lights up again in Vic's eyes that I will actually survive this journey. I swear this can be harder on caregivers than on patients!
OH! Dr. White said that there is some kind of semi-permanent false eyelashes that you can have individually attached at some hair replacement places that last for months. I may do that is I can find out more about it and where it can be done. Anyone else ever hear of this? If it will be months until I have lashes, this would be a GREAT solution to the naked eyes.