It is one of the things you get warned of before starting chemo, but I don’t think anyone really plans for cancer treatment complications. Today, I had my first follow-up appointment with the Oncologist. Everything looked good except for my white blood cell count. They seemed kind of surprised I hadn’t gotten sick due to how low the count was. I got a shot of Zarxio, which is for 24 hours to help boost the white blood cell count. I have to go back the next 2 days for the same shot.
They’ve added a 6th day to my 3 weeks remaining of treatment. That 6th day I will be getting a bag of fluids to help flush my system, as well as a medicine to protect me while not getting chemo. It is called Neulasta, which you have probably seen TV commercials for. It lasts the 2 weeks to make sure my white blood cell count doesn’t drop low again.
Beyond the White Blood Cell Count
In the mean time, until my white blood cell count is better, I also have some giant antibiotics pills to take as a preventative: Doxycycline Monohydrate 100mg for twice a day as well as Cefinir 300mg twice a day for the first 3 days.
As mentioned in my last post, I do have AFIB (Atrial fibrillation). I’ve been on 5mg of Eliquis twice a day. I saw the cardiologist today. That appointment lead to upping the other A-Fib pill I was prescribed at my last appointment. Instead of 12.5mg of Metoprolol tartrate, I am now at 50mg.
I have to schedule an appointment for a CAT Scan of my heart as well.
Keeping Cancer Treatment Complications in Perspective
In the end, so far, things aren’t great, but still I view them as good. My testicular cancer treatment complications could be a LOT worse than what I’m going through. And we are seeing results.
With the support I’ve got from family, friends, employers, and even people that I don’t know, I honestly appreciate everything. About that, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone that has donated, whether or not you know me, it does mean a lot. The same goes for the large amount of people that have shared the GoFundMe page.
I’ll post another update soon.
Editor’s Note: Bryan needs your help with the incredible medical bills for his cancer treatments. Anything – even $5 or $10 – would be so appreciated.