Today I had bloodwork, an EKG and a meeting with my oncologist to see how my new drugs are working. After two weeks it’s too soon to tell if they’re effective against the cancer, but it is possible to see their initial impact on my heart rhythm, liver function and immune system.
The good news is that my heart rhythm and liver function are normal. However, my neutrophil (a type of white blood cell) count was WAY down. There are two ways to deal with this: stop taking one of the drugs for a week and see if my neutrophils pop back up, or reduce the dosage. I’ll stop beginning tomorrow and have a new blood test next Thursday. Fingers crossed.
In non-cancer news, it’s been a marvelous couple of weeks. Three friends have visited from out of town, all gals I worked with in Washington, D.C., thirty years ago. We talked and laughed and caught up; it’s the kind of love and friendship that makes everything feel better.
Weather-wise, we’ve had three seasons in the past few days — from highs in the 80s to cool and breezy and then three straight days of cold and snow. It will be wonderful to get more snow than we had last year, but it does seem a little early!
I’ve also been writing a bit more; I was enrolled in a writing class with Martha Beck and Elizabeth Gilbert that began the week I was diagnosed in May, and have been catching up with the recordings and writing assignments. I’m even contemplating starting to blog again... Regardless of what happens, it’s felt great to be creative again.
I hope the weather and life are treating you well and that you’re finding joy in every day. Despite the politics, wherever you are.