Missed chemo today – only the third postponement in 6 months.
Once again my platelets were too low and the neutraphils were only just above the minimum safety mark.
Contributing factors may be the fact that 7 days ago I got a mild infection adjacent to the nail on one of my fingers – possibly a splinter. I thought it would heal up in a couple of days but instead it got angrier and angrier until I had to spend a couple of hours at the Emergency Dept of Nelson Hospital last Saturday. The doctor lanced it and cut away some of the flesh. I was also put on a 7-day course of antibiotics.
Another slight setback was that after such a good result 4 weeks ago, two weeks ago my CEA cancer markers had gone up to 4.6 – still within normal bounds, but considering the previous 2 fortnightly readings had been 2.7 and 2.6, I would have expected a continued low reading. I am assured that the slight rise is no cause for concern. It does tend to check one’s cockiness though!
It appears that this extra battle with the infected finger was too much for my system so the body could not recover in time for the scheduled chemo today. Now it will be next Wednesday, 10th June; it will be my twelfth and could be my last depending on the CT Scan in Christchurch at the end of the month and the subsequent consultation with my main oncologist.