Friday, February 5, 2010

Day Forty-Four.

So, my Mom thinks I have gained Ryan's procrastinating trait. Sure, I'll let her blame my late blogging on Ryan. Well, come to think of it, I better be careful, he's played a big role in this journey!

My counts are soaring! Well maybe not all of them, but my ANC and WBC's are. My white blood count is 3.5 and my ANC is 2,600. My EBV tider is back down to zero; which means I don't have Mono. Actually it's been zero since last Thursday. The EBV comes and goes. For instance Monday, Jan. 25th my EBV came back at 4,300. Thursday, Jan. 28th it was back down to zero. The doctors say Ryan is working really hard. He is fighting off the EBV and producing new cells. It continues to remain at zero; mono free! However; they said if the EBV flares up I will get the chemo again.

Both my hemoglobin and platelets have been dropping slowly. Yesterday morning the doctors told us that "not every cell line could be a star at the same time". My bone marrow is cranking out white blood cells and filling the marrow, therefore leaving less room for RBC or platelet production. I've had small headaches lately that they are attributing to the chemotherapy, but to be on the safe side they gave me platelets. They also gave me Hydroxizine which induced me into a 6 hour nap yesterday!

I was sent to a dermatologist this morning for an irritated mole. They weren't too worried, but decided to do a biopsy while my platelets were high. I had no idea what was going to happen. We walked in, they looked at the mole, decided to biopsy it, and the next thing I know we were finished. It isn't the same as a bone marrow biopsy. I was awake, my shoulder was numbed, biopsied, and stitched. Easy enough, but I was a little nervous...shaking nervous to be honest. I was unsure of how the process worked, but soon after realized anticipation was worse than the actual procedure. We also went to clinic today, only to be sent home because they said I looked to good! Great day :)

Lately; I've been trying to work towards my goal of drinking eighty ounces a day. My appetite has been hearty and to prove it none of my jeans fit! It's only day forty-four and I am so thankful to be feeling and doing so well. God just continues to watch over us and we are so thankful for that. We are counting our blessings.


  1. Ceci Girl: This is your neighbor to the south across the back pasture. What a great time we (or maybe I should say I) had while you were staying at our house. Each day I thought how much Grandpa would have enjoyed you being there; however he has a better view !!!!!!!!! Gammie says: "Great people are not affected by each puff of wind that blows ill. Like great ships, they sail serenely on, in a calm sea or a great tempest."

  2. Whoo Hoo Girl!!! I am thrilled to hear you are doing so well! You made my day! (good job to you too, Ryan!) Keep up the good work Ceci and we'll continue fasting and praying in your behalf. (: Love ya tons girl. (and i'm glad i got to via chat with you the other day...even if was only for a few minutes) (:
    Love, Naomi

  3. Yesterday we fasted for you again. A prayer is never said in our home without mentioning your name. Yes, we do believe in past, current, and future MIRACLES. . . .And you our dear friend are the poster child for MIRACLES. Please feel a HUGE HUG from cold WA. Glad to hear that you continually look for the positive, even when the negative is present. You will reach the top of the mountain. You are well on your way. Hugs to your dear Mom and hug Pam Gerber for us too! Love, Tamara and Richard in Moses Lake

  4. I think you are entitled to procrastinate a little, once in a while----I can picture Ryan Paul grinning and thinking, "Wow! Aren't I great?" And, of course, we all think he is! However, we know this Climb could not be accomplished without your amazing positive attitude. God is sooooooo good---what a blessing you and your family are! Much love, Kathy & Rexie

  5. wow that was a very doctor like blog. a lot of information. Well day 44 has passed and we are just that much closer to the goal. I love you so glad your doing better :)