Day 97 - 1/14/19
After the 1st chemo session, my oncology team determined that the week following chemo, my white blood count should be measured, and, if the counts are low, I will have to get a shot to boost the count back up. Our white blood cells play a major role in our immune system, so it's imperative that our bodies have enough white blood cells to fight off infection. If they are too low, a simple germ from a common cold can turn deadly.
My appointment to have my counts checked is today. Blood drawn… Results received... Yep… I have to get the shot…
For some reason, this shot is more painful than most shots I have gotten in my lifetime. It is given as either a booster or on the back of my upper arm. Each time I get it, I’ve elected to have it on the back of my arm, but it is very painful there. Maybe next time, I’ll change it to a booster just to see if it’s any better.
On our way home, we stop at the grocery store. Since my white blood counts are low, I have to wear a protective mask. This is to ward off any germs that may be lingering in the air as we are walking through the store. We wipe the grocery cart down with disinfectant wipes to remove germs as well.
All set, we begin shopping. Ten minutes in to the shopping, and I am pooped. We quickly wrap up the shopping, and head home. I’m still dealing with fatigue from last week’s chemo treatment, so this isn’t surprising. It just serves as a reminder that my body is going through a lot, and I can’t and shouldn’t over exert myself. It’s definitely naptime when I make it home!
“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest.” Matthew 11: 28-29 GNT