Saw my Hematology/Oncologist physician, Dr. Vince Cataldo as a follow up after my hospital stay (more on that in the next blog). Dr. Cataldo was chief resident at Charity and was actually one of the docs stuck there for a week! Can you imagine how strong that would make someone? He also did his fellowship at MD Anderson in Houston; so I think I’m in pretty darn good hands. Which reminds me of one of my favorite commercials (watch his arm at the end)
Today’s visit went well; although a 55 minute wait after appointment time (which is one of the things this experience is teaching me…patience).
- Hemoglobin 5.9 [vs. 13 low normal, vs 5 on my initial admission and 7 on discharge] relates to the amount of oxygen carried by my red blood cells, causing shortness of breath
- White Blood Cells 1.4 [vs. 4.3 low normal vs. 1.8 on my initial admission and 2.0 on discharge] relates to ability fight infection
- Platelets 25 [vs. 150 low normal vs. 13 on my initial admission and 39 on my discharge] relates to my ability to clot, leading to bruising and prolonged bleeding
While these levels are at or just below my hospital discharge levels, they are still below normal. This means I get to have another transfusion tomorrow. Good news is that it will be as an outpatient, so I’ll be able to work (lots to do, ya know!). In addition, my heart murmur is gone, but my pulsatile tinnitus remains (an interesting symptom of anemia!)
The not so good news is that my original biopsy from last Tuesday was inconclusive. It was done under a local anesthetic, and apparently didn’t have enough cells to be conclusive. But that could also mean that my bone marrow isn’t present either, the main sign of aplastic anemia. So, I’ll have to have another bone marrow biopsy later this week under sedation. Stay tuned for that adventure!