So, I was pleasantly surprised to see his anc hadn’t bottomed out. It wasn’t great and he was only thirteen over the required magic number of 750, but at least it wasn’t zero. So he got checked over to make sure he didn’t have ebola, pneumonia or the Black Death and was given the go ahead to have his breathing treatment and chemo. Whilst his counts weren’t great it was nice to see a small rise in platelets and hemoglobin. He also had 46% monocytes which is off the charts – but good. In a healthy individual monocytes are typically between 0 and 10%, but are very often higher in someone receiving chemo and steroids. It means the bone marrow is recovering – and working. Usually within a few days of seeing a high number of moncytes the anc (absolute neutrophil count) will recover.
Hopefully he will shake off his sniffles in the next day or so because I have convinced him to come to the Spa with my friend, Sara and I on Saturday. He desperately needs his hair tidied up but since losing it all to chemo he has become rather phobic of hairdressers. His hair is still very dry, thin and unruly due to the chemo and he looks like he’s been dragged through a hedge backwards. Anyway I told him it was either a shearing at Sports Clips or a luxury cut and style at the Spa. After a long discussion on where the prettiest hair ‘cutters’ worked, he picked the Spa. He also managed to negotiate a trip to Waffle House on the way back. GROSS!
Also on Saturday (at 8am!!!! Ugg) we have to be at the Ice Sports Forum for the Fall Hockey League semi-finals. Derry’s team made it through. Cool huh?! Not only that but they went through in 1st place. If his team wins they will play again at 7pm in the final. I bet if I give him a handful of Scott’s steroids his muscles and hormones will go into overdrive and he’ll fly across the ice like Gretzky on speed. Such a cunning plan.