Monday Update on Wednesday 7 June, 2017

Because Dr. Picozzi was attending the world wide symposium on pancreatic cancer, my Chemo treatment was scheduled for today. Linnea and I got up early and prepared ourselves to spend much of today at the VM, a beautiful NW summer day! We arrived at the clinic for our 10am appointment. I checked in and was expeditious taken to the treatment room and the nurse accessed my port and drew blood for testing. Dr. Picozzi came and examined me and found everything satisfactory. He was about to prescribe my Chemo dosage for the day but suddenly changed his mind. He came back and announced that, ‘breaking news’, I will not be receiving any treatment today because my leucocytes were too low. We’ll postpone treatment for one week.

Usually we wait for Dr. Picozzi and meanwhile the nurses would print out the lab reports for us. But today Linnea and I hadn’t had a chance to look at any report before Dr. P showed up so we were surprised at this finding. When we did get the results, the white cell count was 4000, but lymphocytes represented 70%, monocytes 17% and the polymorpholeucocytes numbered 520 or 13%. (Normal = more than 50%.) The Chemo must be pretty potent to have knocked my ability to produce wbc to such a degree! Then the other factor we keep a close tap is the Cancer marker. Today it is 76.7, still a little high but improving and heading the right direction, (normal being <=37.0.) It was 114.5 two weeks ago and 143.3 two weeks prior to that.

I was not disappointed to not being treated today. I am feeling stronger every day. I played 18 holes with friends at White Horse yesterday, felt a little tired afterwards but recovered completely today. My side effects are totally tolerable. So we wait until next Wednesday to continue this journey. Meanwhile my nephew Billy, my twin William’s son, is visiting for a week. We should have quality time since I did not have treatment today. All’s good.

Thanks for visiting. I’ll give an update next week. Meanwhile I’ll try to write another biographical vignette. Keep the Good Vibes and Prayers coming my way! I very much appreciate each of you.

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