Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Tired tired tired


Huh, I guess a year from now this day will have some significance (9/9/09). Any cultures where 9 is a lucky number? Well, as the title says, I've been kind of tired the past few days, more so than usual, unfortunately. I'm not really sure why, since my red cells are fine, but I guess it's just part of the process. Maybe it's because I haven't really done any exercise in a week or so. I've been trying to sleep more, but that just makes me feel more tired. Ugh.

Anyhow, I've been delayed again. . . Last week I had a doctor's appointment on Wednesday and was supposed to get treated on Friday, but my neutrophils were just barely too low (1.4 instead of 1.5, which is the cutoff). I took a few days to rest, but yesterday they were even lower (.98). On the one hand it makes you question the accuracy of the tests - is 1.4 really that much different from 1.5? How much do your absolute neutrophils fluctuate in a day? On the other hand, I guess they have a cutoff for a reason. Normally when I have been delayed, my doctor has wanted to wait to have my counts come back up on their own. I guess she's seen so many people get delayed lately that she's now recommending I take some more neupogen to help boost my counts back up. So, five more days of injections this week, and hopefully I'll be able to go for treatment next week. She's also talked to the doctors doing the rhabdo clinical trial and has decided to reduce my dose a little more this round; I'm already reduced to 80% but she's going to bump it down to 75%. Apparently that's as low as the rhabdo docs want to go, but hopefully it'll help me bounce back a little more quickly. I have to keep reminding myself that the effects of chemo are cumulative, and my doc is always quick to tell me I'm not alone in these delays. Ugh, it's just the waiting that's so awful.

Well on a happier note, here are some pics from my trip to NYC:

A quiet moment in St. Patrick's Cathedral

Mom at the MOMA. Unfortunately it was free admission that day, so it was packed.

Gathering for Anthony's very low-key but very sweet wedding ceremony at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Anthony and Nolwenn.

The high school gang at the after-party.

Me, Jeff, and Anthony (middle school buddies) at the climbing wall.

Holly, me, and Jess (freshman dorm friends) at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.

Me and Manasi in Midtown.

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