I flew in yesterday for this week’s treatment. As usual, I planned a little adventure and walked back to Grandview Avenue for dinner and then sat in a called Stauf’s. Columbus has a great coffee culture, and I have been to six throughout my various trips.
Today, I had blood work and the 4th of 8 obinutuzumab infusions (in addition to continuing to take ibrutinib and venetoclax). I am pleased to say I have officially made it through my week over week trips to OSU, and my next 10 visits will be every 4 weeks. I don’t have to go back until October 11. Hurray!
My white blood cell count is low, as are my neutrophils, red blood cells and hemoglobin, but not so low that they introduce any sense of worry. My absolute lymphocyte count is in normal range for the first time since I was diagnosed, and my platelets remain normal. My lymph nodes are mostly gone. My heart murmur seems to have disappeared, and my blood pressure is still in normal range. Not all of my counts are perfect, but everything is heading in the right direction. Margaret Price, Dr. Byrd’s “right hand woman,” declared I got an A+, to which I replied that’s good, because that was my goal.
Again, I got to see some new friends who are also participating in the study. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t on my schedule so I don’t know when I’ll see them next, but we will keep in touch electronically.
That’s all for now. Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks as always for your support.