This is a single white blood cell.
"Your white blood cell count has dropped down to 1900. Normal counts would range from 4000 to 11,000, so we are going to give you an injection of a drug called Nupogen. Nupogen will help your bone marrow produce more white blood cells." the doctor told us.
Here we were, right in the middle of flu season, both of us working in very public positions and exposed to many people. Don's immune system was already being taxed to the limit, so the new information advising us that his protection zone was eroding away made me tense.
The doctor told him the nurse would be in to give him the shot and that he needed to return to the clinic next Monday for another CBC (blood test). That blood test would be reviewed at our next Tuesday appointment. He left the room and within minutes the nurse came in with his shot."This is not a booty shot is it?" Don teased with the nurse.Blushing, she said, "No! Roll up your sleeve and remember what arm you are getting this in so next time, we will give it to you in the other arm."
I had read a bit about Nupogen and knew that most people who used it, had good results and their white blood cell counts rebounded fairly well. I also knew however, that there were more negative side effects with this injection than associated with Interferon. I did not share this information with Don.
That night he was quite restless. He rolled and moaned. My heart ached for him. Neither of us slept much and the next morning he was extremely sore. He could not raise his arms above his shoulders and sat on the side of the bed for the longest time with his head down. One of the things I love about our relationship is our love of humor and as strange as it might sound, this was a perfect time for a good laugh.
Don said, "Oh my God! I hurt so bad." with a soft whine in his voice.
With a bit of a sarcastic tone I responded, "Well, I don't know what you were expecting.....of course your joints are sore...YOUR WHITE BLOOD CELLS HAD SEX ALL NIGHT LONG!"