Thanks for all your responses to my post 3 weeks ago. The blood test results on 10th December were confusing to say the least - WBC had increased from 81.6 to 123.5 since the previous tests at the end of November, while neutrophils, HB and platelets were all slightly improved.
My consultant was pushing me to start chemotherapy on 15th Dec, but I felt incredibly well (and still do), and held out the hope that perhaps the complementary therapies and supplements I’ve been having were doing the trick - after all, miracles do sometimes happen! Had all my bloods deteriorated, it would have been crystal clear that I should start treatment, but I just wasn’t sure.
Today I had more blood tests, and results were not at all good: WBC 140.9, neutrophils 1.4, lymphocytes 138.1, HB 99, and platelets right down to 50. The Macmillan nurse is arranging for me to start BR as soon as a space becomes available, but this may not be until mid-January. Meanwhile I'm having 3 vaccinations at my doctors surgery tomorrow morning: Influenza, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Haemophilus influenza type B.
I’ve never had any of these vaccinations before, and don’t know why I need them now, as 4 years ago they weren’t even suggested prior to my FCR treatment. I’m feeling well right now (though I’m scared and depressed by today’s results) and my fear is that because my bloods are so poor now, having 3 vaccinations all at the same time will push my system over the edge and make me very ill.
Please could you share any suggestions, advice or personal experience of having these vaccinations - whether or not they have caused an adverse reaction, and what I might expect having them all together while my immune system is so compromised.
Thank you for your help,