Hit hard by the Ibrance
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Yesterday was day 22 of the first cycle of the Ibrance. After starting the 2nd week of it, the side effects got harder to handle. This weekend was especially rough with the fatigue, and I was starting to feel nauseous.
I had my weekly CBC done yesterday. The results were not good; the Ibrance really hit the white blood count hard and platelets hard. My WBC was .59; normal is at least 4.00. Platelets went down to 20, normal is at least 140. My hemoglobin went down to 8.7.
I had a call from the cancer center this morning. Right now, the game plan is a blood transfusion, which I am getting tomorrow, and getting my CBC done again Thursday. In the meantime, I am NOT to take the Ibrance for 7 days. Depending on my blood counts Thursday though, that could change; I could be getting a lower dose of it, or he might be taking me off it all together.
Last night was one of my toughest nights mentally and emotionally too; just had to break down and have a good cry, and thought to myself, "I can't do this any more!" Now I know a lot of those feelings came from the fatigue of the hemoglobin being so low. But I also know I can't continue on the Ibrance if this is going to happen with every cycle. I know I will be getting a call on Thursday, after my lab work, and I'm sure there will be changes made.
I did get my prescription renewed for my nausea meds, as what I had was expired. I had not had to use them for so long, that I didn't realize how old they were. I picked up those this morning. I took one around 10am, and they make me sleepy, so I ended up taking a 3 hour nap, but I guess I probably needed that sleep. I know my stomach feels a lot a better anyway.