Hi MK, it is true a lot of meds can cause a low red blood cell count. The doctors may be looking for bone marrow failure/disease (don't want to freak you out), because that is what makes the cells. Many conditions of the marrow can cause a low count. Also, many vitamin/nutritional deficiencies can cause a low rbc count too. I believe also Vitamin B-12 and B-6. I will see if I can remember anything else, my daughter had troubles with low iron (she is fine now) and I remember talking to the dr several times about it. I am pretty sure they want to make sure her marrow is in tip top shape! As for everything else, I am so sorry your family is going through such a difficult time. I wish you the best, and my prayers are with you. If I think of anything else I will let you know. Take care,
Mets can show up in bones, but not sure about bone marrow, but would assume it is a possibility. Not to freak you out, but she needs to ask more questions, which Carolyn may have done but hasn't told you. Imagine that - a child not telling a parent something because they don't want you to worry. You and I have never done that to our parents now have we. LOL
Keep the faith that the Dr's are on top of everything with her as they are with you. Enjoy your time together, and spoil those little grands and great grands every chance you get.
Merry Christmas to all of you, and take care,
Love and prayers, Kitty
Post Edited (Cathi) : 12/16/2007 1:28:48 PM (GMT-7)