I have just returned home after a seven day stay in my beloved local hospital, the RUH.
I only just started my long awaited Chemo treatment of Carboplatin and Gemcitabine 2 weeks ago Friday.
The following Friday I had the second part of the treatment, which was Gemcitabine by itself.
The first week, I suffered from a belly ache and nausea and could hardly eat at all.
After the Gem alone, the belly ache returned and two days later, I was admitted to hospital with that belly ache and vomiting, for IV fluids and anti nausea meds.
The next day, my bone marrow crashed dramatically- platelets fell from 500 to 39, Haemoglobin dropped to 66 (should be over 100), neutrophils dropped to .6 (should be at least 1.1).
All my electrolytes were severely below normal, from Magnesium to phosphorus to potassium.
I was put on every kind of drip, had 2 units of blood and was stuck in the hospital until my bone marrow rebounded, which it did today! Thank goodness.
My platelets had sunk to 25 yesterday, but rose to 43 today and everything else is now in normal range.
BUT, the depressing consequence of this situation is that my Oncologist will not let me resume Chemo.
She is afraid that another dose will be fatal and kill me before the cancer does.
Now that I have rallied, I hope that we can discuss this again in a few weeks’s time, but I don’t hold out much hope.
I was very depressed about this, but my optimism has returned and I know I’ll think of something. Just not going to have treatment in the near future.
I forgot to talk about the Covid-19 virus and Chemo. I DID have the virus, although to me, it seemed like a very slight case. BUT, we don’t know, meaning the scientists, the extent of the damage or the after effects the virus might have on our bodies, especially those of us with cancer and those of us undergoing Chemo.
So, my Oncologist believes that this might have contributed to the severity of my bone marrow crash., which is another reason why she does not want to continue my Chemo.
So, my saga continues...
Hope you are all doing better than I am!
Don’t give up the fight!