Dec 10, 2012 - 10:43 am
My 26 year old sister Laura was diagnosed with AML on 11/10/12 and started chemo four days later. We were told a few days after that she has type M4eo.
We were told to expect her blood count to go up early last week and that she would be able to come home before her next round of chemo this week for a few days, but her blood count is still at 0 and she won't be coming home any time soon.
Is there anyone who could tell me whether this is normal? My family and I are really worried. We were told by her doctor that he was expecting the blood count to go up on 12/03/2012 - it went up to 0.1 on 12/04/12 but went back down again to 0 on 12/05/12 and has stayed at 0 since then. The doctors are telling us not to worry but it's hard when they seemed so sure her blood counts would go up last week.
Also my sister is starting to go crazy about being stuck in the hospital room. She has been really positive and strong since the diagnosis but over the past few days has become quiet and withdrawn and when we try to speak to her she says she is fed up with being locked up like a prisoner and she doesn't want to talk to anyone. I think it's really knocked her that her blood count isn't budging and she won't be coming home when she thought she would. What can we do to help? I feel so helpless. Has anyone else felt this way through treatment? I keep reading and hearing how important it is through treatmentfor the patient to stay positive and I'm worried that she is so down.