***this entire blog post was written 2 hours into a dose of Zimovane sleeping pills!!***
Sophie flew home to Ohio a few days ago, after a fabulous and fun 5 day visit. It was quite a feat getting her here: an expired passport; arranging child care for Beatrice, her 4 year old daughter; and Soph pregnant with her second child, so she had to get doctor's clearance to fly. But wild horses couldn't keep her. With generous help from Bob and Sally's Cancer Warrior Treasure Chest -- we made it happen. Thank you, Sally and Bob, for your generous gift of guests!! Sophie was the third friend to visit: the CWTC allowed Satie and Nan to visit and Allison's visit is still to come. Soph took good care of me, tried to get my to go yoga, vacuumed, and painted my toes, (as my nurses suggested) to help brittle nails that tend to break of fall off during chemo. I bought Beatrice a hot pink "Oxford" sweatshirt. We took some nice long walks, and visited the covered market, museums, Blenheim Palace and Bampton (the village where Downton Abbey townsfolk lived), thanks to Shelley and her generous county outings.
My Round 3 Chemo was originally scheduled for today but I am delaying for a week to attend JJ and Nahanni's wedding in Alaska. My bloods taken on Thursday were not great for travelling. Neutrophiles (the main component of white blood cells and the body's first and best defense against an infection) were very low, just .87. Over the weekend I really didn't think I would be flying to Alaska. Dr Roux wanted to test again, hoping they were going up with 3 more days from the last chemo session 3 weeks ago. Thankfully, when retested today, they are up! The blood work was rush for processing and I called Oncology at 4 for the results. In just three days I had made a big improvement.
My hemoglobin is 121. White Blood Count is 4.24. Platelets are 344. Neutrophiles 1.71 And really the best news is the CA125 (cancer antigen marker for ovarian cancer) was just 10! that means the chemo is working to kill the last of the cells. Four more rounds and I hope they are all dead, every single one of them.
So we are off to Alaska to attend JJ and Nahanni's wedding -- how excited. Yeah!!
The sleeping pills are really kicking in, off I go to bed.......better living through pharmaceuticals.......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz