Long week...

It was a long week of chemo and the side effects from it...but we seem to be getting through. Michael's
counts were still very low, although the shot did help spike the White cells....So the chemo dose was cut in half.
It still took the same amount of time to administer, but the strength was less. He is going to have all his counts redone again on Monday along with another booster shot to increase the White cells...So here is a little FYI:

White Blood Cells: Battling Blood Cells

Whenever a germ or infection enters the body, the white blood cells snap to attention and race toward the scene of the crime. The white blood cells are continually on the lookout for signs of disease. When a germ does appear, the white blood cells have a variety of ways by which they can attack. Some will produce protective antibodies that will overpower the germ. Others will surround and devour the bacteria.

The white blood cells have a rather short life cycle, living from a few days to a few weeks. A drop of blood can contain anywhere from 7,000 to 25,000 white blood cells at a time. If an invading infection fights back and persists, that number will significantly increase.

Because Michael's cancer is of the blood...The cells are large and take up a lot of space in the bone marrow, not allowing enough of these white cells or red cells to be made....So the shot helps the body to manufacture more...they just don't last very long.


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