This weeks blood counts, lunch out, and help with yard work

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I was just thinking last night as I was waiting for my lab report to show up online; I await my blood counts each week like some people wait to see what the lottery numbers are, LOL.

But the good news is, my white counts are up! Still below normal, but up high enough that I don't have to wear a surgical mask when I leave the house. Platelets are recovering nicely too; they are all the way up to 65 now! (They were down to 10 before the platelet transfusion I had on the 17th.) Hemoglobin is down a bit; 10 this week, where it had been 11.8 last week, but that's pretty much what I had expected. I think maybe that my body is not quite recovered from the Ibrance side effects even though I've been off from it for 2 weeks now.

I heard from my volunteer driver who is taking me to my oncologist appointment on Thursday. He called me yesterday, and it turns out, he lives right in my neighborhood, which is great, because it will make it easier for him to find my place, since I'm not good at giving driving directions. I'm a little anxious about riding with someone I don't know; it's not a safety issue, I know the volunteers are carefully screened. It's just with my shyness, sometimes it's hard for me to make small talk, but I'm sure it will ok. And I'm sure he wouldn't be a volunteer either if he weren't a "people person."

My cousin Patty is from Massachusetts is here making her once a year family visits in Michigan. Today, she and the cousin she is staying with treated my sister and I to Applebees for lunch. I was glad I was feeling well enough to do that today; if I were still on the Ibrance, I doubt that I would have had the energy for it.

It's hot today too, last time I checked the temps online, it was 85F with a heat index of 91F. I know some parts of the country are a lot hotter, but this is more than I am use to, and with my health issues, I get to feeling a little short of breath if I'm outside too long. I'm thankful to have central air though; at least when I am inside I am comfortable. Tomorrow it's supposed to be cooler, but more humid.

We really need some rain, but my lawn still needed mowing because somehow, the weeds always grow, lol. My dear friend Angel mowed my yard this afternoon. She brought her son and daughter with her, they are around 8-10 years old, and they each brought one of their friends. While she was mowing, they raked the yard and pulled weeds. They also each took a turn with the mower; I don't think they had seen a push mower before and I think it looked like fun; I know when I was a kid I had an aunt that had a push mower and I thought at that age, it looked like fun too. The problem was that my aunt would let her grass get about a foot tall before she cut it, LOL, so of course, it was much harder to mow then. I'm thankful I have a tiny yard, so that no one was out in the heat for too long, and like the Amish say, many hands make light work.

I felt bad I didn't have any treats on hand for company, then I remembered I had a box of Outshine juice bars in the freezer that I offered the kids; the look on their faces when I passed them out made my day! I'm going to have to have to remember to keep some stocked in the freezer for next time.
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  • JANET552
    I am glad you had some good news in the blood work. I am also glad you had such a nice lunch. Loved your story about the kids helping!
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  • GABY1948
    I'm glad you are feeling better...and I LOVE Applebee's. Keep up the good stuff.....PLEASE! emoticon
    1800 days ago
    I used to work with some people who played the lottery regularly. They had all kinds of methods for selecting their numbers. When I got a new car, they played my license plate number (but didn't win). Maybe you should play your blood count numbers! You couldn't do worse than my co-workers did with my license plate number! Glad those numbers are higher and that you have such wonderful helpers in your life.

    1801 days ago
    Really great that your blood count numbers are improving,and that you are feeling better!
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    Your friend Angel and her kids are wonderful to help you out with yard work.
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    1802 days ago
    So glad for good numbers! I can have all kinds of special treats in the house but my grandkids always want a Popsicle!
    1802 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Great news about your platelets! It rained her a few moments ago for about fifteen minutes, now the sun is out again. WE needed the rain!

    Maybe it will drift your way,, I am about an hour or so from you..
    1802 days ago
    Dear Shari,
    It's wonderful to read your good news! I'm so pleased your blood counts were good, and you've been able to get out and enjoy yourself with your sister and cousins. How lovely of Angel to come with her children and their friends, and help you out with the garden. That's priceless about the frozen juice bars! All the best with your appointment tomorrow, and that you can enjoy the volunteer driver's company.
    Big hugs, Nattacia

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    1803 days ago
    Glad you are feeling better. God bless Angel and her kids.
    1803 days ago
    Glad things are looking good for now
    1803 days ago
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    It sounds like things are going well for you and it is great they have the driver for you so quickly. I understand the shyness thing, I am very shy and sometimes try to hard to make someone comfortable that I end up getting uncomfortable.

    It great to hear you have such wonderful people helping you and your cousin treating you for lunch. I am glad you felt well enough to go and no mask. I had low numbers when I had chemo. and even ended up hospitalized, etc. So it is good to hear you are feeling a bit stronger.

    Hope you have a great week and all goes well at your doctor.

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    1803 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    1803 days ago
    I'm happy you were well enough to go to lunch. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself. Praise the Lord that things look good this week!!!
    1803 days ago
    That is emoticon Shari,still keeping you in my prayers.Hugs and blessings! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1803 days ago
    I'm so happy to hear that the kids helped their mom. What a wonderful family. I love the those fruit bars. Glad you had them. emoticon
    Keeping you in my prayers and thoughts.
    Hugs and God bless you,
    Have a peaceful night.

    1803 days ago
    Glad to hear you are feeling better and had a nice lunch out with your cousins. You have great friends.

    1803 days ago
    So good to hear you are feeling better and having a great day. So nice to have someone to the yard work for you. Glad you felt like going out for lunch. Hugs Pat
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    1803 days ago
    Shari, I'm glad you're seeing positive improvement on your CBC. My Grandparents had those push mowers, (1950s) when I was a kid. Give a group of kids something to do & they'll stay out of trouble.
    I love those Outshine pops. I always have them in the house, just in case I get a craving for a cold treat.
    Hugs & Prayers My Friend.
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    1803 days ago
    This is such good news that I had to read it twice. So happy for you.
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    So pleased to read all this positive news!
    I LOL at the push mower as I, too, loved doing it as a kid at my Grandparents! emoticon
    It is hot today, isn't it? So glad you have A/C...I am laying in front of a fan!
    Love the juice bar story...and their happy faces emoticon
    Have a great eve and good luck at Oncologist Thursday...I hope your driver is chatty!
    But I am sure between weather, gardening and his interests you will be fine!
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    1803 days ago
    It is all good! Angel is an angel.
    1803 days ago
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