Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Platelets and More
Well, Monday was blood day yet again. The center was busy, as was the lab. It took awhile to get the results. I knew my blood count was getting low but thought the platelets were fine. The result: blood was 7.8 (they only transfuse at 7.5 or below) and platelets were: 4. Again with the 4! So my Monday night was spent at the hospital, I lucked out and was put on a different floor, getting yet another bag of platelets. It wasn't a bad experience this time but, I had stayed accessed after the labs at the Center. So no one had to do anything except plug me in. I am tired of it, though. There is a bruise over my port from Fridays adventure in platelet getting. I did not bleed very much when they pulled out the access needle, which is a good sign! Now I hope they stick around this time!
The port is a wonderful thing. It's called a Power Injectable Port. It's implanted below my left shoulder. It's accessed by a needle system that can be left in for a few days or taken out each time. When I'm getting chemo each day I leave it in. Between the blood tests I have it out each time unless I have to be transfused. I seldom even feel the needle going in. Love it. No digging around for veins. The lower your blood count, the smaller your veins are. Not a pleasant way to pass time. My lowest hemoglobin count was 4.6 and I fainted in the ER. (A normal level for an adult female is 12.0 - 16.5) Anyway it was very embarrassing!
After a weekend with a killer headache I feel pretty good today. A little tired. It's sunny and looks like spring out there. My first sight at the window this morning was a rabbit out in the grass. Not a bad beginning to a day.