Monday, August 7th, 2017
A day in the life of a radiation target
My radiotherapy regimen has required two treatments per day, one at 8:40am and another at 4:00pm. This has produced a daily schedule for us that looks like this:
In short, it's all about zapping and napping with an occasional meal thrown in.
Alison, of course, has been serving in the all-purpose role of driver, cooker, medication dispenser, gentle nudger (get your irradiated butt out of bed; you've been sleeping all day long) and sleepmate. We're a good team.
We fell a tad short
The plan was for 10 of those days described above, but we fell short just a bit. After eight of them, my platelet count fell low enough (16 compared to a normal range of 150-450) that it was unsafe to continue (since radiation can depress your platelet count further). As for why platelets are important, that's an easy one: they are the cells that cause your blood to clot when you are bleeding. You can imagine the outcome if you start bleeding and can't stop it.
If you are curious about how platelets do their job, you can read about the overall process of hemostatis (how the body stops bleeding).
In short, a lot of advanced testing in preparation for the transplant (currently scheduled for Friday, September 1st). The general idea is to make sure that aside from your underlying medical condition that requires the transplant, you are otherwise in sufficiently good health to survive the rigors of the transplant process. So, the unspoken implication is that the testing might turn up a "no go" result from one of those tests. Where would a "no go" result lead? Good question. I haven't asked and don't need to know at this point. I consider it counter-productive to wander too far down the decision tree.
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