Unexpectedly, yesterday Lu and I spent all day (10 AM to 8PM) at St. Luke’s Hospital, We’d learned that my hemoglobin count, a measurement of my red blood cells, was 5.8. While I don’t know what that means, those that do think it is pretty serious, contributing to loss of energy, difficulty keeping the body oxygenated, etc,
So, yesterday, I received three units of concentrated red blood cells, each donated by a different anonymous donor.
My friend Craig, a great conversationalist, sat most of the afternoon with us. Then Dan, Londa, and Lily arrived with an Easter basket for me. They also helped with the transition back home.
I’m supposed to feel different tomorrow, perhaps more pep, more motivation, less tired after making the simple trip to the restroom. How long I feel the boost, how much boost there is, and whether we’ll think it worthwhile to try again are questions on the table.
Dr. Bell thinks that my bone marrow is simply less efficient at creating the red blood cells, possibly due to the the loss of bone (my left leg), the spinal radiation, and general progression of the cancer disease. So, we think this “fill up” yesterday was more of a temporary help than fixing the problem.