Wednesday, April 10, 2019. A normal platelet count ranges (in thousands) from 150 to 450 platelets per microliter of blood. Having less than 150 is known as thrombocytopenia. You get your platelet number from a routine blood test called a complete blood count (CBC).
My count yesterday was 77, way below normal, so they sent me home. No chemo for Lana. We made our 6-hour round trip for a blood draw. The good news is it was a beautiful day for a long drive. So nice, in fact, that a lot of commuters must have played hooky because traffic was light, relatively speaking.
Basically platelets stop us from bleeding. They help the blood to clot. Symptoms of a low count include easy bruising, and frequent bleeding from the gums, nose (me), or GI tract. Your platelet count drops when something is preventing your body from producing platelets.
• An inherited condition
• Certain types of cancer, such as leukemia or lymphoma
• Chemotherapy treatment for cancer (me)
• Kidney infection or dysfunction
• Too much alcohol (oh, I wish)
• Headache (that must be the alcohol thing)
• Dizziness or light-headedness (me)
• Chest pain
• Weakness (me)
• Numbness or tingling of the hands and feet (me)
I guess I needed some time off. I felt pretty crappy all week after my last treatment. Even yesterday I was nauseous most of the day. And tired, so very tired.
So a recovery week is a good thing, even if it extends my treatment schedule by one week. The weather is supposed to be fairly decent, I should kinda get back to feeling good, and I can fatten up a bit before my next treatment. It all sounds great to me.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. —Sir Winston Churchill