I thought clinic this week would be much faster than it was. When the doctors came in they seemed to be very positive in their report from Alice's numbers. Her ANC was at 2.6 (2600) and her platelets were looking strong at (178). However, her Hemo numbers were much lower than expected (7.4) The doctor's thoughts were that because Alice has been on so much mediation her blood counts suffered. Or, she is hemolyzing again. If it is the latter it would not be a good sign for her. They drew more samples and will let us know in a couple days. I will admit that it sets me on edge to the possibility that her body may be fighting itself once again. Nevertheless, we will wait for those tests to come back and cross that bridge when we get there. The day however was long. It wasn't until 3pm that a match for blood was made. We made our usual exit from our room into the empty Oncology waiting area late in the evening. We were both exhausted; me from waiting and helping, Alice from the meds and receiving blood. It was good to at least be able to come home and not have to stay overnight.
I must also note that Lisy sent me up there with a can of Kipper Snacks for Alice. I don't recall if I've ever mentioned my disdain for Kipper Snacks, but I will save that for another post. Luckily I didn't have to crack that can open. The odor alone from those smelly things could make them apart of the chemo family line. Anyhow, the Kippers make an appearance in this time lapse.