8-20-12/Bad News and Another Biopsy

Yesterday (Sunday) was hectic.


My white blood count was up to 700 from 500, but still very low. Additionally, my neutrophils were .2, versus a healthy 1.0+. These are a subset of white blood cells. The only good news here is that the blood doctor (hematologist) felt that for the most part, everything else looked okay. Iron was a little low so they are testing that off this mornings blood sample. He did not think I need an injection to stimulate growth of white blood cells or a painful bone marrow biopsy. Both had been brought up the day before.


My blood sugar non-fasting is down from 350 several days ago to about 150 now. Still a little high, but dropping, and no insulin needed. I am optimistic about this at the moment.


Meanwhile, my kidney function had not improved. My creatinine was 2.5 – and that’s fully hydrated on IV fluids, no fever, etc. Not good.


The nephrologist (one of the two I see regularly) was very concerned. He felt that things should have improved much on this front. He did not want to wait another day and risk damage/more damage to the kidney. So we decided on another biopsy. There was no transport available and we needed the sample to pathology by 12PM. It was 10AM. The nephrologist and his resident personally wheeled me to ultrasound, performed the biopsy, and brought me back and brought the samples to pathology.


We hope to get results today and also a better creatinine number. We’ll see.


In the meantime, I am stuck at the hospital indefinitely. We need to know what is going on and I need white blood cells to fight disease. Otherwise, things are great.


Will report more when I know more.

2 Responses to “8-20-12/Bad News and Another Biopsy”
  1. Gini says:

    David, is there anything we can do to help you? Besides pray and send you good vibes over the world internet? Gini

  2. Frank Shible says:

    David, My thoughts and prayers are for you. Frank

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