Friday, October 23, 2009

The Bald Brother & Biology

Because I've got a brother, I've always got a friend.

There is another bald man in the world this week. Allan Carl Christenson, Big Al, Hoop, Sniper, Slugger, AC, Christy, aka my big brother is bald. I did the chopping and Aunt Jane did the shaving. Now there are 6 bald seniors in Arnett, Oklahoma. The Woodward News did a feature on the bald boys. You can find it at www.woodwardnews.net

I went to clinic yesterday morning and labs were taken.

My Counts
Hemoglobin-11.3
WBC-1.4
Platelets-13
ANC-238

Where they're supposed to be
Hemoglobin-12-16
WBC- 4-10
Platelets - 140- 450
ANC-above 1500

So as you can tell from above, they aren't where a 16 year old girls counts should be, but for me this was a great lab day! Let's review, white blood cells (WBC) and absolute neutrophil count (ANC) fight infection, platelets help you clot, and Hemoglobin is the blood that provides oxygen to your brain,legs,etc. In my marrow the MDS causes blasts. Blasts are premature cells. I am taking you back to ninth grade biology here, stay with me. When the cells don't mature and enter the blood stream they are known as blasts. Everyone has one or two. However, I have 17% in my marrow. GO BIG OR GO HOME. Just kidding. The goal of Decitabine is to destroy the blasts and regulate my cell growth.It is to improve the condition of my disease. The human body is amazing and so is medicine. I am so thankful it's available. This is the first time my hemoglobin has spiked without a transfusion in 8 months. I'm climbing. Praise God.






4 comments:

  1. Grandpa & GammieOctober 23, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    What an interesting and informative blog. I thought Allan looked pretty darn cute bald!!!!!!!,however did you ever see a Gammie that didn't think her grandkids were cute.....Ceci I hope you don't get tired of Grandpa & Gammies words of wisdom.That is tough if you do, because you are going to get them anyway!!!! "It's right to be contented with what you have but never with what you are."

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  2. Wow. Keep educating us. It helps. I'm glad you got to help Allan go bald---I bet he was glad, too. Praise the Lord your hemoglobin spiked! Keep Climbing!!! Love & prayers, Rexie & Kathy

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  3. I appreciate the bio brief, i must have been passing notes durning that 9th grade lecture! As for Hoop, he's always been handsome and hair has always been overated! So proud of your climb progress, Keep the Faith Baby! XOX

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  4. Hoop... Im in love...... NOT!!!

    Mackenzie

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