Monday, October 5, 2009

Red Blood Cell Count Still Low

Remember two weeks ago, my red blood cell count was 9.8 (should be 12 to 15) and so they gave me an Aranesp injection to bring it up?

And they also suggested that I eat things like spinach and beans and liver? Yum! Which I did.

Last Thursday, when I got Super Chemo, I asked what my red blood cell count was. My nurse gave me the printout from my labwork. Sort of expected it to be up -- but the red blood cell count did not go up. The red blood cell count was 9.7.

Maybe it would have gone further DOWN had I not had the injection.

I have not really noticed any symptoms except on Friday I cut my finger, and it took a few minutes of applying pressure and elevating my hand above my head to get it to stop bleeding.

Turns out, I can get this Aranesp injection every three weeks if I need it. But I can have beans and spinach and liver (yum) more often than that.

I better surf the web and find out what else is good to eat for iron. I don't want to wear out these favorites. That is what I do: find a new favorite and eat it too often till I get to the point where I never want to see or smell it again. Broccoli. Salmon with mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts. Cream of Wheat, oh it was YEARS before I could eat Cream of Wheat again!

Oooh, we booked the cruise and started looking at shore excursions! That was fun!


Anonymous said...

Hi Karen,

You are brave and beautiful and funny. I wish you could be on both coasts at once, we miss you a lot here!! Eat some liver for me, its great with fried onions and mashed potatoes. Love you lots and lots, Debbie P.

Daria said...

Oh a cruise sounds heavenly ...

susan said...

Sounds like a rough period ....when, where is the cruise? I am still working on getting dick to go...:( Thinking of you with love and prayers -

Ned Charpentier said...

Spinach is great in a wrap with Hummus and can add rice or chicken to spice it up.

I wonder how Popeye took down whole cans at a time?