Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Everyone knows what I got for Christmas last year: cancer. Today was my birthday, and on this occasion I got neutropenia — low white blood cells. We're talking 800, people. "Normal" is between 4,000 and 11,000. Below 1,000 and it's "oh, shit." So, as when I was getting Taxol, I received a Neupogen shot today and will get one tomorrow. The day after that I get my counts checked again and they should be better.

The main effects I'm feeling are: I tire very easily, my concentration is poor, memory is dullish, and my hands and legs swell up.


sass said...

So sorry about your low white blood cell count. What a crappy birthday present. May your next birthday more than make up for this one! Belated good birthday wishes.

Mardel said...

Happy belated birthday! I hope you are doing better and that the year only gets better and better from here.