Yes that is right I do have some good news to share with everyone.
But let me first update you on what is going on with my chemo. Last week I was unable to get chemo because my white blood cells were too low and once again I didn’t have any baby white blood cells to replace the low ones. OK so I know that sounds very confusing. Apparently your white blood cells have a very short life span, lasting between a few days to two weeks. When I get my blood tested they also test my production of white blood cells. Apparently my body hasn’t been making any new white blood cells to replace the old ones. Because of this I can’t do chemo. So my doctor decided that last week could be my week off and I would try again on Monday. So far I haven’t had a consistent schedule when it comes to chemo. I am hoping that my body has repaired itself enough to get chemo tomorrow.
OK so I think it is time to share the good news. I know that is what you are waiting for. I actually have two pieces of good news. The first has to do with some testing results. As I have previously explained I get a CTC test at the beginning of each month. This test measures the amount of cancer cells are in my blood. If you will remember when I started chemo I was in the 800s. The last test done showed that number had dropped to 21. Are you ready to jump up and down now? My August test shows that my new level is 5. That is right folks, I am now in the single digits!!! OK I can hear you asking what does that mean. Well a normal reading would be less than 5. That means I am one number away from being in the normal range!!! Are you praising God yet? It is the best news we have had in a while, that is for sure. I am still going to have scans done in September to look at what the cancer is actually doing in my bones but hopefully it will show that the cancer is gone or at least stable.
The other good news, while not quite as exciting as what I just shared, is that we finally sold our house in Illinois. When we moved we found a buyer for the house but he couldn’t buy the house until he sold his house. Because he didn’t want to lose the house he agreed to rent it until he could buy it. It really was an answer to prayer to have at least some of the house payment paid for each month. What a great relief not to have to worry about that payment anymore.
I thought I would include a quick story about Abby. Today we went to the beach. While we were there John, Jett, and my dad all got stung by jellyfish. The jellyfish left little welts where they had stung them. Apparently they were really bad this weekend and many people got stung. While we were at the beach, we saw many people jumping and running out of the water. John decided to take the girls out to a sandbar that forms when the tide starts to go out. The girls were having a great time on the sandbar because the water wasn’t very deep. All of a sudden I hear Abby screaming at the top of her lungs. Instantly I knew she had been stung too. I have to say when I saw her leg I couldn’t believe what I was looking at. Apparently the jellyfish that stung Abby was bigger than the ones that had stung the boys earlier. Here is what her leg looked like:
These were taken an hour or so after she got stung. It started to turn really red. It doesn’t hurt anymore but I think she cried about it for about 30 minutes after the sting. The lifeguard put some vinegar on it but when we got home I read that only makes it sting more. We have never had a problem with jellyfish before but apparently Tybee has an issue at certain times during the year. We will have to be careful when we go to the beach now.