I received my MUGA heart scan results today. The doctor said that my number is low because I'm "fit."
Because I'm "fit"and my numbers are a little low, I was unable to start the desired chemo last week. I, instead, started an equally awesome regimen, but the initially planned one would have given me about a 1% better chance of survival- but is harder on the heart. I'm 100% sure that I'm too stubborn to die, so I'm okay venturing on without that 1% safety net.
I think it's pretty sucky to be penalized for working out. I'll remember that when I'm healthy again. ;)
I feel pretty confident in my doctors and the decisions that we have made so far. I can already feel a difference in the lump. Yay!
For those who have asked, my chemo is Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin. It requires weekly blood testing, but has minimal risk for heart toxicity and leukemia. It is supposed to cause more fatigue, but I haven't noticed too much yet.
I had my one week check up blood test today. My mouth has been pretty sore and my skin is a wreck. I still haven't had much nausea or other crazy side effects.
My blood test showed that my white blood cell count is pretty low. It is supposed to be in the range of 3.0-8.9 (x10^3/uL). Today, mine was 1.5. Ugh.
The purpose of white blood cells is to defend the body against infectious diseases and foreign materials. Unfortunately, while my chemo is busy killing off my cancer cells, it's also destroying my good cells.
This was expected and is the reason for the weekly checks.
In order to get my next chemotherapy on 9/15, my WBC HAS to be in the normal range. I'm really hoping to not have any/many delays in treatment. I don't want to have this stupid cancer any longer than I have to.
Because of this, I'm on a pretty strict lock down with visitors and germs. This unfortunately means that I will have to stay out of Target.
It also means that I might not be able to visit with you if you stop by. Hopefully, this will be short lived.
I was put on an antibiotic to help me stay healthy and was also given a prescription for "Magic Mouthwash'. It is supposed to clear up my mouth sores. I haven't tried it yet, but I will venture to guess that it's not going to taste that great.
Thanks for following my progress and for your positive comments. You are all rock stars. :)