Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! I hope you are all entering this short week well rested and, ideally, with a nice tan. It turns out, the Big Man and I actually had a great weekend.
Last Wednesday, after I cried "uncle" to my oncologist, I went in for a physical and some blood tests. Turns out, the back pain wasn't my only problem. My platelets, which help with clotting if you get a bruise or cut, had fallen even further and were in dangerously low territory. Low platelet count is considered anything under 100,000. If you are 100,000 and above, you are OK for surgery. Below 100,000, you need to be careful because no one will operate on you if something goes wrong!
My platelet count on Wednesday was 15,000. Not good.
15,000 platelets + horrible back pain = my doctors were eager to get me off of the pill, GDC-0941.
My docs said they had never seen these sort of side effects so quickly in other patients. Another patient had complained of back pain, and others had had trouble with blood counts, but I was the first to complain of both at once and so severely. So I was ordered to stop taking the pills.
This past go-round, I did notice that I have a couple of sick days after getting the TDM1 infusion. I feel flu-ish, sleepy, and run a fever, but I can handle a couple of low key days easily; I've been doing that for years. Bring it on!
So, armed with that good news, the Big Man and I went to a fabulous wedding this weekend. We gave lots of hugs and kisses and sage advice to the beautiful couple. We have been married for eight months and already know everything! I had to be a bit of a hypochondriac because of my low platelet counts, so the Big Man drove everywhere (to his utter delight), I was limited to only one glass of wine all weekend, and I was not allowed to cook all week for fear of a knife accident when slicing potatoes. We ordered in, snuggled up, and enjoyed our friends and good weather. This week, I am looking forward to kicking off the summer in good spirits. My back pain is gone, my energy is back, and I am so happy.
I will leave you all with a few thoughts on Memorial Day.
My life depends on the work of our military. My life depends on the amazing United States health care system, and my life would be in turmoil if we were not at peace here at home. Not a day goes by when I don't appreciate that. Thank you!