Take that, cancer!


June 26, 2008 by 8junebugs

Between Monday and Tuesday, my mother’s platelets done busted through the roof y’all. I talked to her Monday and she had barely hit the mid-70,000s, but they still wanted her to try to get at least up into the 90s on her own, so they gave her another day.

On Tuesday, her count came in at 229,000. Like magic.

ChemoDoc still thinks the drugs and the leftover radiation bumped heads and calls this good because (a) the radiation is still there and ostensibly still Doing Something, and (b) her body was eventually able to respond to the havoc wreaked upon it.

Mom and I think it’s because she ate properly for a couple of days, as opposed to relying on a base diet of Ensur3 and snarfing down the occasional bologna sandwich.

Others close to the source credit this comeback with Mom being convinced, somehow, that one of us will provide her with a grandbaby for Christmas. That’s a pretty big assumption, and not just because the math is a little fuzzy. But hey! Whatever floats her…er…platelets!


2 thoughts on “Take that, cancer!

  1. Amy says:

    Hi Jen,
    This is Amy – your cousin Katherine’s partner. She told me about your blog, so here I am (I tend to be the more communicative of the two of us and blog myself :). We were very sorry to hear about your mother. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    You had asked about why they don’t just call it “large cell” – it’s because large cell is only one of many non-small cell types… They distinguish between small cell (histological classification) and all other non-small cell varieties because of major differences in approaching treatment. Small cell tends to be diagnosed later, already metastasized, etc. to a greater extent. So, there you have it. There is a reason behind the confusing lingo. 🙂
    Good news about the platelets… and good to meet you via the blogworld. 🙂
    Take care-

  2. 8junebugs says:

    Hi, Amy!
    Thank you for clarifying — this has been driving a bunch of us a little nuts.

    I’m so glad to have a chance to get to know you, even if it’s only through blogs! But I have become accustomed to half of my friends living in the computer. 🙂

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