><>The appointment went pretty well, other than the rush hour traffic on the way home. Abby got another blood test and they had the results for us in a few minutes, shows you how important these blood counts are to them. The white count is down to 2,600 from the original 77,000 the night that we went in. Hemoglobin is good at around 12 and the platelets, the stuff responsible for clotting the blood is a bit low. She’ll get another transfusion of platelets on Monday before surgery.
><>Dr. Smith was optimistic and said that the counts dropping so quickly is a good sign, shows that she is responding well to treatment. Monday is the key day though, when they test the bone marrow, they will be able to see how much Leukemia is still there. If it is really low, and she has responded well, then the treatment can be less aggressive, thus less side affects.
><>This month we will have to be extra careful about infections and disease for Abby since her counts will be so low. When one part of her white blood count gets below 500 she will be considered neophylitic, (I think that is how you spell it) and that is the most dangerous time. Right now that count is around 1000. Also, she’ll probably start to loose her hair this week, that will be a bit rough, but we’ll love her just the same of course.
Those are the stats. Things seems to be going really good, she is and eating machine and I could write a couple stories about that but lets just leave it at she really likes spaghetti. Breakfast, noon, and night she wants noodles, no sauce just noodles. That’s a side effect of Predinsone, a ramped up metabolism. So noodles she will be eating, only noon and night for now. I’ve got to draw a line somewhere and breakfast I think is going to be that line. It seem like alcohol… “no noodles before noon.” :)