Friday, December 25, 2009

Dec 25 numbers

Hgb - 79
Plts - 16
WBC - 0.2

Just a reminder of the normal ranges (thanks to my numbers-focused friend Tom):

Hgb - 140-180 (hemoglobin, oxygen travelling through his body)
Plts - 150-400 (clotting factor)
WBC - 4-11 (fight infection)

The goal of the chemo is to get the WBC number to zero.
The other numbers are low because the chemo impacts everything....so he is getting Hgb and Platelet transfusions as required to bring those up.

His immune system is now non-existent, so he is also on continuous antibiotics.

Unfortunately the side effects are beginning to show:
- rash on his body
- swollen burning hands that will probably peel
- sores in his throat that will probably spread through his digestive tract

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