My mom and I took Carly for her lab work yesterday afternoon. We went to a local lab. Thankfully there were no other people in the lab. Just mom, Carly, myself and 2 lab techs. Whew! I was nervous going into the lab. Fearing that everyone has the Swine flu! Even though Carly was vaccinated. I'm still leery.
Lab results are:
white count 3.3
August was our last blood draw. The lab results were:
white count 3.8
ANC ?? like 1.2 (cant remember)
I'm okay with these results. Of course I would much rather Carly have normal platelets, but she does not. I have to learn to live with that. The last time Carly had normal platelets was last February. Truthfully, it sucks. It's one more thing for me to worry about with her. Lord knows, I could use a break from the worrying department!
The big thing that worries me is of course, bleeding issues. It scares the crap out of me. Even though her doctors have all told me, countless times that Carly is okay. She has enough platelets to cover bleeding issues. They tell me that she could even have many major surgeries with the range that her platelets seems to be staying in. Still, I worry. I watch every bruise that Carly gets. I even ask her where she got them. She usually tells me "playground" and "climbing"! I watch them closely. They all heal up just fine.
One other thing that's a pain with low platelets. Carly can have nothing for pain/fever other than Tylenol. I'm not knocking Tylenol. It's a great drug. The problem is, it doesn't work worth beans for Miss Carly. Motrin works like a charm. All us cancer moms know. No Motrin with low platelets. Reason being, Motrin eats up the platelets. Soooo, lets just hope and pray little Miss Carly has very little need for any pain/fever reducers this winter.
For now. We sit tight. Carly will likely be getting labs drawn again in a few months. November was suppose to kick off our one year between appointments with oncology. So much for that happening. I know the doc will want to see her before a year. I also know, she will be getting several blood draws to continue monitoring her platelets. Maybe someday her platelets will go back to normal and we can get to those one year appt's. Those appt's are something that every cancer family waits so long for.
For now. I'm sitting here waiting to hear from the Oncologist. The nurse called earlier with the results, but she had not yet talked with the Doc as to what the game plan is.