Four weeks, multiple blood tests and endless phone calls later and I get the feeling things aren’t going so well. Well, isn’t that just typical. My energy levels are finally up and the pain’s under control, but lo and behold my treacherous body just ain’t having none of it. I ask you, if you can’t even expect a bit of loyalty from your own skin and bones, what hope is there.
I’ve had one set of dodgy blood results after another. One minute I’ve got a low white cell count and poor liver function; the next my white cells are on the up but my bilirubin levels are elevated; the next my liver is feeling happier but my white cells are dropping off and as for my neutrophils, well they’re now going into free fall.
For the record, I haven’t got the foggiest what’s actually going on inside me right now. I know I should probably be all clued up on what’s what, but I haven’t the faintest idea what a neutrophil is, does or even looks like. Or, for that matter, why my GP is currently freaking out because I should have more. Her last message on my voicemail told me to call her back immediately to discuss my ‘abnormal results’. Sugar coat it why don’t you. Naturally, this sent me straight back to panic station central. I’ve decided, I don’t want to be sick anymore. Can someone stop this train and let me get off?
I probably wouldn’t be so alarmed if I thought my rheumatologist gave a damn – but it definitely doesn’t feel that way. From where I’m sitting, it seems that he gave the OK to pump my body full of chemotherapy, then, job done, buggered off to do something more fun himself. Like golf perhaps, or a spot of fly fishing. After years of seeing him religiously every 6 months, I’m now not scheduled to check in with him again till January 2017.
What the hell? Another 8 more months of this stuff and I could have grown an extra limb or a set of gills. Or turned a fetching shade of radioactive blue. I’m thinking something along the lines of Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men, just with smaller, post-breast feeding boobs and considerably less muscle definition.
Rewind to Day 60.