Sunday, December 18, 2011

MDA Recap

I've been trying to write this post since last Thursday, but life and a mild case of writer's block have been conspiring against me. My most recent visit to MD Anderson involved a routine checkup with my transplant doctor and a bone marrow aspiration to be sure that there's no evidence of residual disease. 6 months has elapsed since my marrow has been checked for any lurking leukemia cells and so I was due.

The procedure went off without a hitch, my blood work was normal, and my transplant doctor was happy to send me on my way. As a special treat, I was able to meet with 2 of my twitter friends for lunch. Jody and Jennifer deserve a commendation for infinite patience. My clinic was running 2 hours behind and they had to wait on me for lunch. After a comedy of errors in which I kept pushing the schedule back via text messages, and poor Jody lost her keys, and sweet Jennifer was stuck at the restaurant holding the table during lunch time rush hour all by herself.

I'm afraid I'll have to recap the adventure in another post since my brain is shutting down and this seems to be as good as it's going to get. Before I completely forget, I managed a 3.0 for the semester. I don't know how it happened, but I'm happy to have it.

Here are the numbers for my blood work:

RBC: 4.01 M/UL  (4.0-5.50)

WBC: 7.5 K/UL  (4.0-11.0)

Hemoglobin: 12.3 G/DL  (12.0-16.0)

Platelets: 387 K/UL  (140-440)

Absolute neutrophil count: 4.94 K/UL  (1.70-7.30)

My liver enzymes are absolutely middle of the road normal


lisa adams said...

Wish I'd been there to have lunch with you all. Glad the appointment went well (thought late) and I am sending you BIG congrats on the 3.0 -- that is fantastic! Your hard work paid off.

Nancy said...

Woo-Hoo. 3.0 is awesome girl. You've been through a heck of a lot this semester. I just hope you continue to heal after the accident. Healing can take a while and you obviously managed to stay focused through your finals. Amazing.....

Your counts are astounding. I'm so happy that your counts are all within normal limits. I'm jealous though... how do you do it???

Ann, please continue to heal and I hope Chris is continuing to heal after his accident, too. Take it easy now, as you certainly deserve a break (in more ways than one!) love you both, nancy

PJ said...

Great counts! Keep it up girl.

JenK said...

You all were worth the wait! Lunch was too much fun.

Ronni Gordon said...

When you're sending news about good counts, you don't have to worry about writing much more than that. Congratulations!

peter said...

Yay Team Anne!!!! You are such a phenomenal spirit..thanks for all your love and support of me..You are the very best!!