Thursday, January 27, 2005

Good News

CT Scan shows huge reductions on tumors. So I'm scheduled for either three more chemos and radiation or seven more chemos and no radiation, with a decision to be made in six weeks.

Okay, this part of the conversation is going to make more sense to people like Sarah, Ruby, Heather and Greg (my fellow Hodgkinites). We talked about a port, but my side effects are neuropathy from the vinblastine and if I had a port, they might still happen. Decision this time--no port yet. And the neuropathy is painful but not serious and will most likely disappear when treatment is done.

And for all of you who have hovered near your computers waiting to hear my count*--TA DA! It was 2.4. Up from 1.36 last time. 1.5 is minimum for treatment and I am now smooth sailing and will not fall over in the presence of a germ.

*Remember, I said illness makes me a trifle self-absorbed.

I'm done and off to sleep.


Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

Your white blood count increased by more than 50%? How did you pull that off?

Good for you!

January 27, 2005 8:02 PM  
Blogger Greg van Eekhout said...

Congrats on your CT Scan results and on your kick-ass count!

January 27, 2005 8:39 PM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

Well, hot damn. I was a little worried, after your lunch with your mother, that you might have brought a bug home despite the hand sanitizers...

Good news indeed. Thanks for keeping us posted.

January 27, 2005 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news, Maureen! Thanks for keeping us informed!


January 27, 2005 9:17 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

That is wonderful news about your CT and white count. I have enjoyed reading your blog and keeping up with your progress. You are an excellent writer. I Hope and pray for the best outcome. Remission with CURE!


January 27, 2005 10:20 PM  
Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

I bet she's getting white blood cells illegally from overseas.

January 28, 2005 8:12 AM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

The official reason for the white blood count rise is that it happens as the tumors shrink.

As to that persistent rumor about snatching third world paupers off the street, typing their blood and siphoning off their white blood cells, it's all a hoax, I'm sure.

January 28, 2005 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pssssst. Kid. How's your white cell count? C'mere. Hold still. This won't hurt a bit...

January 28, 2005 11:06 AM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

Hey! I'm anonymous. How did that happen?


January 28, 2005 12:37 PM  
Blogger David Moles said...

The great thing about being a science fiction reader is that you don’t have to actually understand all the cancer neep to have the illusion you get what’s going on. (And, extra bonus, if you don’t, a “port” sounds awfully William Gibson. At least till Google goes and ruins it.)

But even I can tell the difference between 2.4 and 1.36. And “huge reductions” is also obviously great news — even if “Huge reductions on tumors!” sounds like a newspaper ad from a Paul DiFilippo update of Perdido Street Station. :)

January 28, 2005 1:08 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Maureen, Maureen, white blood cell makin' machine! Maureen, Maureen, tumor killin' machine!

Go you, with your lovely CT scan results (HUGE REDUCTION IN TUMORS!!!) and fabulous WBC counts! You made my day! I don't think I realized that you were experiencing neuropathy -- did I know that and forget? Hello, early-onset chemo brain! (Always the first in my class!) I thought that the port would help with your arm and shoulder pain in avoiding vein aggravation. No matter -- I'm sure you and your wise doc together made the best, most informed decision.

And I must say, your blog's comments are some of the best reading around!

January 28, 2005 8:18 PM  
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God luck with it : )

October 02, 2005 1:57 PM  
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