Saturday, June 7, 2008

GammaKnife: Take 3; Platelets...Take a Powder


My gamma knife procedure went smoothly. The team was on its game and I was in and out of the medical center in about six hours. I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening sleeping. The residual effects of fentanyl and ativan will do that to you.
I'm left with two small goose eggs on the back of my head and a couple scabs on either side of my forehead. And hopefully two fried up little tumors that are withering in anguished death throws as I type.

Friday was chemo. Or, more accurately, it was supposed to be chemo. Turns out I had two platelets. How I went from 119 platelets last week to two a week later is anyone's guess. I just love all the unanswerable questions of hematology and oncology. It's just one big fat guessing game. Keeps it interesting.

My guess, which we all know is based on nothing other than pure gut feeling and absolutely no medical expertise, is that the Ixempra is finally throwing its weight around. I'm hoping the new chemo is as good at decimating tumor cells as it is at platelets.

So, after an infusion of IV Ig, I was off to an infusion center where I was given platelets. I boosted nicely to 42 and am hoping that I hold onto them. In fact, I am hoping that I continue to build them. I don't know how I'd stand another go-round on steroids.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's to sustaining & growing platelets w/o chemo.

Kelley said...

Glad to hear that the GammaKnife went smoothly. Let me know if you need some platelets...

Keep on keeping on, Lobstah.

And I *will* be in touch about stopping by next time I drive by flemington...

Andrea said...

I'm glad to read this, T, and to see you looking so good. Keep plugging along. And if Kelley is serious, I would more than happy to donate platelets (assuming they would accept the mini-pharmacy floating around in my blood every day).

Drea

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news and I hope you are feeling healthy as you celebrate "The Kid's" milestone!

Kim & Kids

Anonymous said...

I heard those bastard tumors screaming in anguish all the way in Cincinnati! What a lovely sound. L'Y,J