The whites and neutrophils are all at rock bottom. Not even any tiny percentage of neutrophils. 0.0. actual count. 0.0 percentage. and my white count overall was 1.0. They don't let sit out in the waiting room. I go from getting my labs immediately back to a room where I won't be exposed to anyone. They clean all the equipment, including things like the blood pressure cuff, before using it on me. And of course I have to wear the mask.
I have now been neutropenic for nearly 2 months. Yesterday they also decided I need to take Neupogen shots again. These are daily shots that are supposed to help boost the white count by stimulating the bone marrow. Stimulating the bone marrow causes bone pain. (This is where you ache like you have a really bad case of the flu.) I also have some other side effects including bad chills.
I got home around noon from getting the platelet transfusion and immediately went to sleep on the sofa (housekeeper was changing my bed and cleaning my room) and wound up sleeping till Mike got home. I was having nightmares and he woke me up. The nightmares were actually one of those rounds of chills. He helped me get back to our bed and brought me tomato soup and cheese toast for dinner. Then I immediately went back to sleep. At 3:30a I am wide awake.
Today I have to go get transfusions of two units of red cells and a Neupogen shot. My appointment isn't until 9:30, but the blood lab people told me I could come early. It will take 4-5 hours there today. Tomorrow I get labs, Neupogen shot and see the doc. Will likely need platelets again on Friday, in addition to a Neupogen shot. I really don't like the side effects of these shots. Right now I'm not having chills, but I'm pretty achy. But hopefully they will work and my counts will go up. I can live with the side effects and I'm visualising Neutrophils like crazy.
The Exjade was supposed to arrive by FedEx yesterday, but did not. Perhaps it will come today. Tomorrow I am scheduled to have a ferritin test again. Ferritin is one of the few things where my blood counts are out of whack by having too much.
Thanks again to all of you who donate platelets and blood. I really appreciate it.