Saturday, April 14, 2012

Consolidation Phase - Taking forever

The past two Mondays I've taken Lincoln to the hospital for chemo treatments and he hasn't been able to receive any because his ANC is too low. In other words, his immune system is too weak. So, he hasn't had chemo for almost three weeks now. The boy feels great! That's the good news. The bad news is that I'm getting used to him feeling good and it's making it harder to think about him going back to him feeling crappy. The past two Monday's I've gotten all geared up mentally to go in and start his Four day long home care chemo week and then we go home three hours later having done nothing but a blood draw. It's kind of exhausting and frustrating not making any progress. It's just making the whole thing that much more drawn out. Two Mondays ago his ANC was at 100. Last Monday it was at 300. It has to be above 750 to start the next rounds of chemo. (Normal is 2000 in case you were wondering). I'm going to be really disappointed if it's not high enough this week. And I'll start to get a little worried. Big gaps in treatment aren't a good thing.

Also, his hair started growing back! I guess three weeks off the drugs will do that. It's just peach fuzz and it's certain to fall out as soon as he's back on schedule with treatments, but it sure is fun to rub my cheeks on it for the time being :)


Anonymous said...

So Frustrating. :( :( :(

ANC is correlated with his immune system, right?

Love Dad

Mom said...

I like a quick fix for everything. I am not good with delayed gratification. I want a quick fix for Lincoln! Sadly that is not how his treatment plan is designed to work. We are forced to be patient while he is a the patient. I guess that's why sick people are called patients! My prayers are for good numbers tomorrow. Cheryl you are so brave and strong. I love you. Hugs and kisses to my Binks.

Tracy Peterson said...

Thinking about and praying for you guys! XOXO

Lisa Weiler said...

High hopes for tomorrow!!