Today was entirely uninteresting, except for the fact that I got a platelet transfusion. This is a good thing. My goal is to be a very boring patient until I go home. Boring means no fevers, infections, other injuries, other medical problems. We just want things to go nice and smoothly. I still have mouth sores and they are getting worse, but I still have my PCA, and I can push the button as often as I want. Not a huge deal. Eating is going OK. My mom is making me these high calorie, high protein milk shakes that I usually eat kind of half frozen. I'm really enjoying them because they are cold and quite soothing for my mouth and throat. And you guys know I'm happy as long as there is ice cream involved :)
WBC: 0.8 (no idea why this went up. They will probably still go down close to 0 before rebounding)
HGB: 10.9 (you can see I got a nice bump out of the transfusion yesterday)
PLT: 17 (you can see why I got a transfusion)
I'm still not totally bald. Hair usually starts falling out 2-3 weeks after chemo, so in about a week the few remaining strands of hair will start going. Well, that's an exaggeration, I have enough hair to cover my head if I put it up in a pony tail, but it is extremely thin. Now how is this for irony: at the same time, my eyebrows are still growing. Not just growing, but sprouting! I have never seen eyebrows grow this fast in my life. I was "blessed" with pretty hairy eyebrows and I've been plucking them for about ten years. On a normal day there are always a few stray hairs to take out, and if I go a few days without doing a little grooming of course they start growing back into their thick, hairy glory. I've been through the chemo bald routine before, and usually my eyebrows don't completely fall out, they just get thin and I don't have to pluck them because the hair stops growing. It's actually nice to keep some of the eyebrow because you still look relatively normal and avoid the real cancer look - you know, bald face and surprised eyes without eyelashes. Well, that didn't happen after my chemo in October. The majority of the hair on my head fell out, but I still have to spend about 20 minutes every day plucking the little eyebrow buggers that seem to come out of nowhere! How is that even possible? Do I have some kind of pharmacological haven in my eyebrows where chemo doesn't penetrate? Sure, it's nice to still have eyebrows, but seriously! What kind of cruel joke is this that I'm mostly bald but I still need to pluck my eyebrows? As if I really have the time or energy to deal with this right now!