First Labs After Lock-down
Yesterday I took Isa to the local hospital for lab work where we had a different experience. First of all, I saw, like, uh, three people I know, had some small talk and got excellent service. Not that I get shoddy service anywhere else, but it just had a feeling of something different.
I accessed Isa at home, yes, the oncologists know that I did this. We determined that it would likely be as easy as having someone else do it. And it was. In January when we moved back home, two hours away from the hospital, we decided that if we needed to draw labs that we’d take care of the accessing. Amazing how easy it is really. This of course is with a willing patient. The nurses who’ve accessed Isa during a raging screaming fit have my admiration.
It took us longer to get registered at the front desk than it did to get the blood drawn. 20 minutes later and I was walking out with the paper in hand. Of course they didn’t calculate the ANC for us, so I got on ye olde google, and calculated it myself. 3410. Holy shite, 3410. This was confirmed by the oncologists and they determined that Isa will resume chemotherapy at 50% dosage.
Here I am tempted to write **woot** which of course signifies a happy feeling. This is where I’d love to have comments from other cancer parents. What is it with this excitement when chemo is increased to normal dosages and the fear when it is gone or decreased? I think of it like this. The reason the treatment is two and a half years is to prevent the cancer from returning. If we’re nine or 10 months out from the end of treatment then the cancer could return. So more chemo is the answer.
so..WOOT more chemo.
Isa is at the babysitter’s today, with an ANC of 3400 why not eh?, but if she were here, I’d go hug her.
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