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Monday's hemoglobin count

Tuesday, March 03, 2015      21 comments

Yesterday, I had my blood counts checked as I do every Monday. My biggest concern is always the hemoglobin count. Last week, it was 10.9 (that was about 4 days after my last blood transfusion), and yesterday, it was 10.6. So overall, that is goo... Read more

Oncologist appointment today

Wednesday, February 25, 2015      23 comments

I had an appointment with my oncologist this morning. Even though the Halotestin hasn't really made any difference with hemoglobin count yet, he believes it will, given more time, so he is going to keep me on it for now, at least. He said there ... Read more

Snowy day, and a long wait for a doctor appointment

Tuesday, February 24, 2015      15 comments

Even though our winter weather advisory officially started at 4am, (it is set to expire at 7pm) it didn't start to snow here until around 9am, so I did not have any worries that the Dial a Ride buses would be running today. I was picked up at 9... Read more

It's COLD outside!

Monday, February 23, 2015      22 comments

It was - 24F when I got up around 7:30am, and we were under a wind chill advisory til noon. At least no frozen pipes today! Just a "frozen Shari" LOL. At this hour, a li... Read more

Another ER visit yesterday, frozen pipes this morning

Friday, February 20, 2015      27 comments

Yesterday morning, I just could not shake that feeling that something was wrong, with the lightheadedness, fatigue, and weakness I was feeling despite sleeping ok the night before. I finally decided around 9:30am to just go to the ER; the way I ... Read more

Hemoglobin still going down, feeling fatigued and discouraged

Wednesday, February 18, 2015      30 comments

On Monday, I had my weekly CBC done. As I had been suspecting since last week, my hemoglobin went down some more; down to 8.7, down from the week before which was 10.2. It's very frustrating, because it's at a level where it's making me very tir... Read more

Signed my will today, new CDs, and winter weather

Friday, February 13, 2015      25 comments

A few weeks ago, I got the process started on getting my will made, something I had been putting off for far too long, but when the status of my cancer changed, I knew I had better get it done sooner rather than later. It's been completed now, ... Read more

This weeks blood counts

Monday, February 09, 2015      27 comments

This morning, I went to the hospital for my weekly standing order to check my blood counts. I was able to get the results online about 2 hours later. My hemoglobin dropped again, but this time it wasn't quite as drastic a drop as it has been the... Read more

My weekend, hemoglobin decrease, and some aggravation today

Tuesday, February 03, 2015      29 comments

It was a snowy weekend here; we didn't exactly get a blizzard like some parts of the country did, but we were under a winter weather advisory from 7pm Saturday through 6am Sunday; mostly snow and wind here. Not the kind of weather you'd want to ... Read more

My hemoglobin went up!

Friday, January 30, 2015      27 comments

A quick recap first; when I went to the ER on Sunday, my hemoglobin was 7.2. My CBC was checked again Monday morning, after my blood transfusion, and it was 10.7, a good number after 2 units of blood. Today, I had to go to the lab and get anothe... Read more

ER Visit yesterday, and an overnight hospital stay

Monday, January 26, 2015      28 comments

This weekend was pretty rough with the fatigue and the usual symptoms that I have when I am severely anemic. I had hopes that the Halotestin injection I had just had the previous Monday would be kicking in at least keep the hemoglobin from falli... Read more

Book Review: Dying Well; Peace and Possiblities at the End of Life by Ira Byock M.D.

Sunday, January 25, 2015      29 comments

The author of this book, Dr. Ira Byock, has dedicated his life as a hospice director to make sure that no one should have to die in pain, or die alone. He is prominent spokesperson for the hospice movement. In this book, he shares the true stori... Read more

Frustration with Fatigue and Blood Counts

Wednesday, January 21, 2015      28 comments

I was disappointed, but not surprised, by the results of the CBC I had done on Monday. My hemoglobin went from 10 when it was checked January 12 (which was a week after my last blood transfusion), down to 8.8 this week. I knew just from the leve... Read more

Started another cancer drug today

Monday, January 19, 2015      25 comments

I went to my oncologist appointment today feeling very anxious after the news I got last week, not knowing what to expect today. I was fully expecting being told that since the drug he talked about trying before was not available, that I would t... Read more

Won't be starting that drug for the cancer after all

Monday, January 12, 2015      29 comments

First, the good news; my CBC that I had done today shows that my hemoglobin is at 10; this is the first time that it was checked since I had the transfusion last Tuesday. I was relieved to find that out. A friend took me grocery shopping today a... Read more


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