Errr … maybe.
Today I failed the blood tests that determine if I’m healthy enough to cope with the next cycle of chemotherapy. My white blood cell count is marginally too low, which indicates that I’ve not fully recovered from the last cycle yet.
Since its marginal the doctors want me to turn up to hospital tomorrow anyway, and they’ll rerun the blood tests in the hope that I’ve recovered enough overnight to pass the test, and then have the next IV infusion.
The irritating thing about this is that it meant an unnecessary trip to the hospital today (to fail the blood test), and possibly another unnecessary trip tomorrow (if I fail it again), or at best a much longer time spent in the hospital than I’d been expecting, as it will take them a couple of hours minimum to rerun the blood work, on top of the three to four hours taken to run the infusion into me.
Which is all rather frustrating.
Update: Had a second bloodtest this morning, which was a borderline pass. Since the trend is upwards and I’m now over the threshold the hospital went ahead with the IV. I’m officially on cycle 6 of 8 now, which is three-quarters of the way there. Really, really looking forward to the end of this; each cycle gets harder to cope with. Feeling pretty dreadful right now, will post an update once I’m feeling a bit better.