After doing my blood work yesterday, the nurse came in and asked how I was doing in a very concerned voice. She was surprised when I said I was feeling so good because my blood work apparently showed I should not be. My white blood cell counts were pretty low, and I was showing as being moderately neutropenic. Apparently, my white blood cell counts were on the lower end of normal to start with last week as well. Since I was feeling well, they opted to not put me on antibiotics but did caution me about large groups and avoiding hugs/contact, being careful with food, and described at what point I should call if I did start to feel bad. We are hoping that the shot given to boost white blood cells would start to take effect by today. It supposedly can take 7-8 days to kick in, and yesterday was just day 7.
As luck would have it, today I feel congested, but I don't have a fever or any other side effects. Hopefully, I will be able to avoid truly being sick, and this is related more to the weather and allergies. This has been a bit of a wake-up call, though, because I know I am more prone to catching things. Since you supposedly get progressively worse with each cycle, I'm a bit worried that if I'm already low on cycle 1 that I need to be extra vigilant in the future. As much as I don't want to be a prisoner in the 4 walls of my house, I am going to probably need to be more cautious during the time when I know the white blood cells will be going down even if I am feeling pretty good.
I'd appreciate any thoughts/prayers that this congestion will stay something minor, and that I will have good blood work and be able to go ahead with chemo this coming Tuesday. The prayers and support that I have gotten from everyone has been overwhelming, and I appreciate it more than you can know.