Friday, March 20, 2009
Yet Another Week - Chapter 23
As the week progressed, Don's rash got worse. It was increasing in size and spreading from his abdomen, to his chest and around his back. His skin texture was changing. It was not only dry, but almost had a paper like consistency to it. He also experienced restless leg syndrome, a very strange taste in his mouth and dry mouth.
Every new symptom led me back to the Hepatitis web sight to do more research. Reading through other patients experiences and how they dealt with them really helped us. I could at least offer suggestions and as in the dry mouth, buy special tooth paste and mouth washes that helped him. Just knowing that others were going through what he went through was such a comfort to us.
Monday came and went with the normal blood testing. Tuesday came and we found ourselves back in the exam room. Anxious about the "Ominous Numbers", we impatiently waited... With 90,000 being the goal number for his platelet count so he could resume the full dose of Interferon and at least 3,000 was our goal for his white blood cell count. The results:
His white blood cell count went from 2400 to 3000 - yeah!!
His Platelet count went from 56,000 to 58,000. - a long hesitation followed."Well - UP is UP!" I said with a smile on my face.
By reducing the Interferon injection his count initially increased from 48,000 to 56,000 in the first week. The second week did not yield nearly the good increase that we were wishing for...but like I said - Up is UP!!!!