Thursday, April 29, 2010

An explosion of granulocytes!

So today I went back to Dr. GD's office for a Velcade infusion.  They drew my blood, and came back with the CBC.

Interestingly (or perhaps alarmingly) my whites are at 14.  I thought I read it wrong at first -- i thought I was reading Hemoglobin!  My white have been above 6 only once since September.

Almost all of this coming from granulocytes -- immature WBCs that are the least suppressed by Velcade and Revlimid.  I suppose that's good -- if all three kinds of major WBCs were off the charts, I'd be worried something was wrong with my white cells.

As it is...I'm not sure what to think.  I'm not sick.  I haven't been infected with anything.  I don't have a fever.

Now...if I was in Arkansas, they'd have run a C-reactive protein (CRP) to find out if I've got anything else going in.  GD wasn't even in today, and although I could have told them do run CRP, they don't normally do it there anyway.  My frustration with them continues.

Anyhow...I guess I'll wait until next week and see what happens.  If I've got leukemia now, one week won't matter!

Meanwhile, everything else is moving along.  I went on a run this morning -- I'm in the worst shape of my life.  My legs started cramping after half a mile.  It's frustrating because I know I need physical therapy but the demands of my job will not allow it.  I'm going to have to work out some kind of compromise with my boss after my current deal ends -- which I hope will happen in the next few days.

Took Senna this morning -- nothing yet.  Will take another in the morning if need be.

And that's all the news that's fit to print for the evening folks.  Nitey night.


  1. I'm so impressed that you made it 1/2 mile Nick! I know it seems like crap comparatively, but WELL DONE! Its an UP Statistic and that is always a good thing! :)

  2. Hi Nick,

    I follow your progress regularly. Wishing you nothing but the best in health.

    Bright blessings,

  3. Sounds like its time for a long sit-down discussion with your doctor. I have started requesting additional blood tests, especially the light chains measures (kappa lambda ratio, etc.) as often as possible just because it helps track activity. We just did a bone marrow biopsy and I don't think I will let more than 6 months go by before I start making squeaks about another. My doc is good about listening to my requests & my insurance is great about paying for anything he requests, so I must consider myself blessed.