Yesterday, I went to PMH to see Dr. Yee. I have been off Gleevec for 2 days. My WBC continued to fall (which I consider to be a good thing, but it’s actually below normal now) and my platelets rose a tiny bit to 24 (from 22 two days ago). It is still extremely low, but Dr. Yee said as long as it doesn’t continue falling, it should be ok. So, she told me to start Gleevec again at 400mg a day, instead of the 600mg that I was taking when I was first diagnosed in the advanced phase. I am very concerned that the dose reduction will cause eventual resistance, but I also need to improve my platelets. Double-edged sword. It is now “just wait and see”.
I now want to turn your attention to hospital gowns. I don’t like them. You are either exposing your front-side or your back-side. Seriously??? Anyways, I was having trouble breathing, so I got a CT scan yesterday. I learned from a very nice CT scan operator that if you wear 2 hospital gowns, one with the opening facing foward and the other facing backward, you are totally covered! Nifty! Just a thought if you should ever need a scan in the future.
Oh, and one last thing for this post. Why are there XXXL hospital gowns? Has anyone ever seen a 300 lb. cancer patient? Geesh.