I’ll start with the bad news first. If you’re a “But I like Good News first” sort of person, scroll to the bottom.
“Ha ha ha,” my body taunted, “you go ahead and keep making plans, and I’ll keep reminding you how absolutely fruitless that will be.”
Chemo has been postponed a week since my white blood cell count is very low. (Official language: my total granulocyte count is low.) While I was anticipating this occurrence at some point during treatment (my doc told me it was pretty much a given), I just wasn’t expecting it so soon.
I’ll call a spade a spade; I’m disappointed. Remember those earlier posts about hating to wait? Patience is a virtue that apparently the universe wants me to have.
Fiiiiiiiiiiiine. *stomps foot*
This means my entire schedule is thrown off whack. I am deleting the March dates and putting on the dates that I know for sure at this point — which is to say, next week only. They don’t have enough nurses for me for IP next week, so that will be administered at the hospital. I’m assuming it will be a full day and will add it to the schedule, but it may be updated early next week with final times. So, please sign up again. Apologies for any inconvenience.
This also means Operation Anti-Contagion is in full effect. I have to abide by the following rules:
- Stay away from crowds (also known as, what will Jessica reorganize while she’s stuck at home?)
- Stay away from people with active infections: cough, runny nose, small children, flu (Seriously, they listed small children as active infections, which I kind of find to be perfectly appropriate.)
- Do not eat fresh fruit or vegetables (I just bought a 3-pack of GORGEOUS strawberries at the farmers market YESTERDAY goddammit.)
- No direct contact with fresh cut flowers, animals, fish or birds. (Looks like no visits from my furry friends. Super sad face.)
- Monitor my temperature closely. Anything above 100.4 earns me a trip to the Emergency Room.
Speaking of good times, I do have some fantastic news, which is how I prefer to end the above annoyance. With something positive: (As a reminder, the CA125 is the ovarian cancer blood marker.) Down = GOOD!