I have monitored your support group for a while now and appreciate all the shared information that can be found here. It has been very helpful over the last couple of years. First time writing. My husband is 61 years of age, diagnosed with CLL officially Oct. 2014, but high white counts as far back as 2009 (and possible before). His white count is about 110K, has multiple swollen lymph nodes and I have noticed that he cannot eat as much as he could. (He was in real pain after Thanksgiving dinner!) As a retired Marine/Naval aviator, he has always been in great physical condition. Now, if he could just stay away from germs he would be somewhat okay. He is catching a virus about every 6 - 8 weeks, and it takes 2+ weeks to recover to a normal functioning level. We know that treatment is getting near. With a Trisomy 12 deletion we are thinking that FCR may be his best bet. But with all this said, the main reason to write today is this: I am very concerned about an upcoming trip that has been arranged taking him to Machu Picchu (birthday present). Can his body handle the altitude? Starting at just over 11,000 feet and down to 8,000, with only one day and a half arrival before the trek (total time in altitude = 5.5 days. The physical rating is moderate (2 out of 5 rating). They do provide an oxygen bottle. Any thoughts as to the risk? My head-strong (always a Marine) just doesn't face up to these potential risks like I do. I want avoid a life threatening decision before this goes too far.
Thank you for any direction that you can give.
Signed, A Worried Wife.