Carolyn had her bone marrow test yesterday. Meanwhile her blood count has dropped significantly again. They wanted to give her a blood transfusion yesterday but she asked to wait until the bone marrow tests come back. See what I mean she is such a STROUP stubborn as they come. I still need to pull out her father's blood tests from his anemic problem to compare numbers.
She still has not mentioned to the doctor that her father has celiac disease. She thinks that is not the problem. It may not be, or it may be part of the problem she needs to tell the doctor.
Cathi, I just called Carolyn to ask what medicine causes the red cell problem. She said actually most of them do some damage. She is on Aredia infusions and Femara pills. She also takes Protonics for GERD and that, too, can cause foods not to give full nourishment. Her Hemoglobin was 8 yesterday. It was 8.5 last week, and it should be around 13.2 to 17.1. The nurse suggested the blood transfusion and called her oncologist who said he would hold off until the results came back and then he added more tests to be done with the blood and bone marrow, I guess. She has an appointment Dec. 31st now to get results because the dr said it would take longer for the new tests. She sounded wonderfully strong on the phone. She was out Christmas shopping and said she did feel pretty good today.
Thank you, Bev for telling me about JoAnnie. That is the kind of answer I was looking for and wondering about. No, you won't scare me, I know what we are dealing with. I would rather have some idea of what could be than be hit blindsided by something so serious. Life is never easy. Cancer in any form is frightening.
I haven't even mentioned the wonderful weekend we had seeing our newest great grandbaby. He looks just like his daddy and grandfather looked as a new born. So pretty!!!! We took a picture of the four generations of Charles. Each has their own middle name. We are going to superimpose pictures of the two Charles before these four showing six generations in one picture. Pretty cool, eh? And his sister Riley is so precious. She is a little over 2 1/2 and is a Downs Child. She does very well with her words, knowing colors and animals and their sounds. She does what she is told and even plays make believe on her own. She picked up some coasters and pretended they were telephones and talked. She responds to so much. She loves to get and give kisses and hugs. I really hated to leave her. Since they live in FL and we are in TX we don't see her nearly often enough.
Thanks to all for you prayers and concern for Carolyn and your help to my questions.
Love you, MK