Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Random musings

White counts were up above 22 today. "Normal" is 4.5 to 10-ish. The Nuelasta shots are what is making it so high. This is "good." They don't give chemo when its below 2, so I have that way covered. Chemo #5 is on for Thursday. I tried to tell the nurse I wasn't coming, but she wouldn't have any of that.

Red blood count was 4.3. "Normal" is 4.2 to 5.9. I've been in the 4.6 to 4.8 range up until today. Red blood cells lives about 120 days, I've been on chemo for 53 days, so I might be starting to see some effect. I was actually expecting it to be lower today because I have been so tired lately. If it drops too low they will put me on Procrit, but I'm not there yet. I almost wish I was because I would like some energy.

Hemocrit (a measure of hemoglobin) is also dropping, but still normal. Mine was 37.5%. Normal for women is 37-48%.

If you haven't figured out by now, no postings is a good thing. :) Means there is nothing to update. And overall, this is a very good thing. When I was first diagnosed, I ran across a web log from a girl who called it "cancer lite." Sometimes it feels that way. As I keep telling folks (and I stole this from someone on the Hodgkin's mailing list): I have cancer, but I'm not sick! I see, read, and hear about all these other folks who have, for lack of a better word, real cancers. The type that make you feel sick, the type that keep you from working, the type that spread, the type that kill you. And then I realize I have it pretty darn easy. I hosted a baby shower on Sunday, and I don't think anyone who didn't already know had any clue. They weren't there when I fell asleep at 8:15pm and slept clear through til morning - LOL. But I still have my down days sometimes, and today has been one. I slept for 10 hours last night, and still almost fell asleep in my cube today. And I'm about to go to bed now - at 8pm.

Lastly, I'd like to post a recipe. I've actually had several requests for this, so I'm posting it for those of you too embarassed to ask. I figure if that many people emailed me and asked, there are probably more intrested.

Kyle's Poo Tea:
1 to 2 bag(s) of Senna Tea (available at most health food store)
2 "family size" bags of decafe Lousianne Ice Tea
3/8 cup sugar
1) Brew 2 quarts of ice tea using a Ice Tea Pot.
2) Add sugar, stir, fill pitcher up to "ice" line with water (we don't use ice like you are supposed to).

I drink the full 2 quarts a day when I am at home. I prefer to drink the watered down version over the course of a day. You can also brew a cup of the Senna tea (I recommend honey) and drink it straight. This works. This works very well. This works in about 4 to 6 hours. In a way that I don't really like. Go with the mixed ice tea version :)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I also wondered about the recipe for Kyle's poo tea, but I was too shy to even e-mail and ask. Thanks for being so helpful! Love, BB

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is very comforting to know you are doing as well as you are.Yes, my dear you are dam lucky. It is great that you recognize this and that you keep rolling with the punches. On a more serious note, since I have staggered upon this blog site my life has taken a more positive and uplifting turn. I have found new hope-no pun intended. I now know that people can have more than one indoor toilet. It seems to me that there is a new fad-increase the frequency of use and be able to justify adding another. When you published this receipe for Poo Tea, me as well as all other plumbers across this great nation salute you. I expect my business to increase a minimum of 20% the first month. I've got to run-No pun intended-down to the printer. I 'm getting 1000 copies made so I can put them on every light pole between Aho and Arizona. I'll get back to you and let you know how it is going. In the meantime THANKS. hicup

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go kid go--I want you to be doing good. I want the crap cured forever.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wish i still had the access to "generic Procrit" that i used to have.... good luck with the energy... i'm hoping chemo is done soon, so that it is a non-issue... though i'm willing to beg borrow and steal for you if you need it... i know that the stuff is still in one of the freezers and i am probably the only one around that knows it is there ;)

love, trout

9:04 PM  

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