My blood counts are good and I signed the admit form for chemo next week. The wbc went up to normal range, 4.4, and my hemoglobin is back above 10- they think it was low over the weekend and I should have gone in for a blood infusion since I was so hazy. Not too worrisome though, I wasn't fainting or anything :)
I've been having some more side effects from the Hyper CVAD regimen, quite a bit of cramping and bloating of my abdomen, soreness in my lymph system through arms, neck and chest, headaches and peripheral neuropathy. I've decided that much of what I'm feeling is "normal" for people going through chemotherapy, just that it's worse than last time so it's surprising to me. And not that it's bad really, just the stuff I have to deal with to get this cancer out of my body! In the end, it's worth it!
The neuropathy had me laughing out loud today when I dropped an ice cube 3 times! By the 3rd time I was feeling pretty clumsy but it was funny too. My hands and feet up through my arms and legs feel tingly (except for my pinkies and small toes... weird) like if you've been laying on your arm or leg too long and it's just partially fallen asleep, and it doesn't go away. The docs decided to cut the Vincristine dose in half to hopefully limit the neuropathy. I was worried this meant the effectiveness of the drugs would also be cut in half but they don't seem to think so. I made some flippant comment about lying to them about the side effects so they wouldn't change the dose and they immediately jumped all over that telling me the neuropathy could be permanent so it wouldn't really be a good idea to do that... Yeah, don't really want the tingling forever so I think I'll stick to telling them about all the side effects!