Aug 11, 2014 - 1:40 pm
A couple weeks ago, I had a nasty cough that has since changed to pneumonia. My oncologist tried to reassure me that we would treat accordingly, and that this wasn't wholly unexpected since my immune system is pretty impaired and roughed up following chemo (I finished FOLFOX at the end of April).
I don't deny her expertise. I haven't felt awesome since. But I AM curious. My bloodwork has all returned to normal except for a slightly low hemoglobin (which is making its way back to normal). Lymphocytes are fine, neutrophyls, white blood cells...everything they test for is fine. So from a blood perspective, there is no indication that my immune system is impaired. So...if the bloodwork is not showing a depression in one's immune system, how do they know that it's still rebuilding? (My onc says it will take several more months for things to build to anything even resembling "normal")