Today, I went in for another hydration session and to go over Wednesday's blood test results with the doctor. My white blood cell count has gone down, from 6.3 a week ago to 2.0, even with the 4 booster shots. :( The normal range is from 4.5 to 10.5. So, the oncologist wants me to undergo another round of 4 booster shots. I had the first one today and will go back, next week, for the rest on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons. I actually have another appointment with my regular doctor on Wednesday morning, so I am going to call her office to see if I can reschedule that for later in the day. I am to also do another blood test, again, next week. I am grateful that they are keeping such close watch over things and monitoring everything so carefully.
I am to return to the cancer treatment center the Monday after Christmas for another hydration session and to go over next week's blood test results, which will determine if I'll need additional booster shots or not. The next chemo session is still scheduled for January 8.
While I was having my hydration session, daughter worked on her thesis and submitted the draft (on-line) as it was due by the end of the day, today. She has received the final grades for this semester's courses: a Pass on her thesis seminar (no letter grade), an A for Epidemiological Methods II, and an A+ in Nutritional Epidemiology. So, even with all the upheaval due to my health issues, she still managed to get a 4.0 GPA for this semester.
On our way home from the hydration, we stopped for gas. Later in the afternoon, my friend M came over to do the garden. He pruned the little peach tree and sprayed it. But first, he helped daughter bring in and set up the Christmas tree. It is an artificial, pre-lit tree that I've had for about 10 or 11 years, now. All the boxes of decorations were also brought in from the garage. I had to work on office documents the rest of the day. I will spend the day, tomorrow, putting up the decorations.
And finally, 5 more cards that I made:
- All the medical care I am receiving
- Daughter's good grades
- Having the means by which to travel to the medical appointments with minimal bother (my own car, daughter to drive me, etc.)
- Help setting up the Christmas tree
- Phone calls from friends, neighbors, and family