The Good News:
So I went to the orthopedic doctor today. First things first, he was great. One of my favorite doctors ever. Also, he had so much good news for me.
I DON’T have osteoarthritis!
My regular doctor was totally wrong, and she also apparently read my test results incorrectly. What I have is a weirdly wandering kneecap, which is causing the pain and swelling and inflammation. The bruising is apparently caused by my cancer blood. I have to go to physical therapy for a few sessions, but the knee doctor thinks that will sort it. I have a six week check-up, then I’ll probably be good to go.
The Bad News:
To recap, my last test in September, showed 1,122,000 platelets per microliter of blood (normal people have between 150,000-400,000). I’ve been advised by the research specialist and my cancer doctor to start chemotherapy at 1,500,000 per microliter.
I had the test on Friday and didn’t hear until today, which is unusual, so I wasn’t caught totally off guard. My test showed 1,478,000 per microliter, only 22,000 off the chemo mark. I wasn’t supposed to have a blood count until March, but based on the increase (356,000 over three months, which is the steepest change I’ve ever had), my cancer doctor scheduled me for another test next month.
It fluctuates a great deal, so it could be lower next month. But 22,000 isn’t that many, particularly with a three month average increase of almost 120,000 per month. I’ve been thinking a great deal recently about the decisions I will have to make when I reach 1.5 million platelets. Now that day seems a lot closer than ever, although it’s hard to tell with this cancer.
I’m praying that God will give me wisdom to make these decisions. But in the meantime I’m mostly just thankful that I don’t have osteoarthritis, even if I have to do physical therapy at 6:30 in the morning.
Thank you for your prayers and encouragements!