Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Well, never chemo for me today!!

After going to the lab to have the line put in for my chemo treatment, I went to my doctor's appt.

She first came in and said my red/white blood counts looked really good and gave me a hug. We spent most of our time trying to figure out when I would be able to return to work.

After going over all of this, she went back out to get the final results on my blood and found that although my cell counts looked good, my platelets were too low. The first sign is usually bleeding gums. I normally don't talk about all the grose side effects but thought this wouldn't be so bad.....I've had the bleeding gums the past few weeks but thought it was from the cumulative effect of the chemo I didn't say anything. Well, it usually is the first sign that your platelets are low and sure enough it caught up with me.

There is not a shot they can give to get your platelets back up so she said, we would have to wait another week. This only prolongs my pain and getting back to normal so this is one time, I'm not happy to delay. I just want it to be overrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

However, on the good side I realized that by being on delay it would give me opportunity to go shopping with Angela for her prom dress. Yes, I know her prom isn't until May but why wait? Since Kimberly just left to go on a ski trip, this leaves only Angela at home. So, this gives us time to spoil her by herself; since I've been home with Kimberly for the past 8 months, this will give Angela some time with us to herself. All kids need alone time with parents, I believe....

So, it is not a lost cause....I'm sure I could use a few days to catch up on seeing my 90 yr. old grandpa and playing cards or doing something creative other than sitting in my chair all day. ha.

Thanks for the prayers....hopefully next week will be the final charm. I did find out in 9 weeks they will start all the testing....

Take Care,
As always,


Linda Shanks said...

I'm sorry that you were not able to have your last treatment. I have been praying for you all morning and I was hoping that you were finished by now. Enjoy your time with Angela and stay strong. I pray you will continue to gain strength and that when this is all finished that you can just smile at how God has blessed. I send you all of my love and prayers. God is working a great work in you. Keep the Faith; you will have VICTORY!
Love & Prayers,

Anonymous said...

Hi Leah -

Things happen for a reason, and maybe the reason in this case is for you to spend some one on one time with Angela. I hope y'all find a beautiful dress for her. How was your traffic this morning? Mine was terrible because of the rain and wrecks. I drive 45 miles each way to work. And, no, I'm not complaining - at least I have a job (smile). Talk to you later.


Vernie said...

Hi Leah. I'm glad you are taking advantage of this "free" time and searching for that special prom dress. I remember looking for a dress with my daughter when she was in high school, and girl, that almost drove me crazy! She was heavy in the chest (trying to be nice on this blog) and she seemed to be drawn to the low cuts! We had a fight that day too, and ended up having a dress made because it seemed they all were too "hoochie" for me! And that was 20 years ago! I would be too over it if I had to do it now!

Anyway, get your rest, you deserve it, and be good to yourself!


Vernie said...

I forgot to mention to everybody that may not already know, Clark Howard has been diagnosed with early stages prostate cancer. Praying for him and his family.


Tina Dungy said...

I wanted to drop you a note and just say you were in my thoughts and prayers.

Take care,

Tina Dungy, President
Pop-A-Lock Atlanta
3651 Peachtree Pkwy
Suite E, MailBox 384
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 623-0540 Office
(770) 623-0541 Fax

Sanat said...

Dearest Leah,

I was thinking of you, and asked one the visiting Atlanta folks (the SSR were visiting Mclean) about you only to get to know of your illness. I too am praying and praying for your recovery. I love to see your smiling face in many of the photos on your blog; and the photos of your handsome family. Looking forward to seeing soon back at work - we need you.

your friend