Go Neutrophils! And a pair of sunglasses and a pancake pan

Yesterday my neutrophils were… I tell you what let’s have a look at all my most important-est blood counts

Haemoglobin – Friday 10.7 / Monday 10.2

Platelets – Friday 159 / Monday 114  (and if anyone can tell me how to tab on wordpress I would be very grateful)

White Blood Count – Friday 1.9 / Monday 1.0

Neutrophils – Friday 0.9 / Monday 0.4

At 0.9 it’s just 0.1 away from being in the non neutropenic category completely and 0.5 above severely neutropenic which meant we could go out for lunch.  We went back to the Mexican that we’d abandoned last time in search of a Chinese that didn’t exist.  I had BBQ ribs and they were good.  B had his usual Cajun chicken.  Having the ribs made me realise there are two sets of people in the world (presumably or it could be a quaint English/British thing) those that will eat messy food in public and those who won’t.  I have friends who won’t go near spaghetti bolognese in public.

As we have established I don’t eat that much meat so am no regular to chowing down on ribs in a restaurant with my sleeves rolled up, BBQ sauce up my nose, enough paper napkins to wallpaper our lounge and an inappropriately small finger bowl, however when the ribs called out to me from the me’n’u like yesterday I didn’t think ‘No, that would be awkward to eat and potentially embarrassing I won’t get it.’ I thought ‘Mmmmm, ribs.’ with a slight amount of drooling.  That said I was kinda glad the restaurant wasn’t packed when I had to do a furtive check to see if I had sauce on my left boob – well, not my actual…oh, you know what I mean, the dress material over said area.

And then I got a migraine, which did buy me a much needed pair of sunglasses. It was a lovely BRIGHT day (very warm in the sun, very cool in the shade) and that much have triggered a fairly, oh who am I kidding, it was a bit of a stinker of a headache.  When we got home (I didn’t feel up to knitting on the way back) I took 1g paracetamol and 60mg of codeine, double the amount I now take for bone pain, and it did ease quite a bit, enough that I could read during a relaxing bath.  Although relaxing in the bath takes on a whole new concept when you have a PICC line in your upper arm that needs to stay dry.

I’m pretty sure it was light triggered as when I tried to use the computer later it started up again and I had to request lamps on in the lounge rather than the ‘big light’.  I took the same dose of painkillers then and again this morning so it’s down to a tolerable background looming round my right eye.

I’m now off to give B another nudge as he’s getting out of bed at 9:00 (currently 9:56) and I’m going to make pancakes on my new pancake pan – also bought by the migraine which just wanted to get the pan and go home.  We both waited with bated breath when I said to B whilst in the queue ‘Is there anywhere else you want to go?’ knowing there was a 99% chance there wasn’t but neither the migraine or me wanted to look like a killjoy.

I just realised that the only two ailments I have have the sound ‘my’* at the beginning maybe I should make enquiries about any others just in case.

*And yes I know some people pronounce migraine as ‘megrain’ but even so it’s still all about me!




6 responses to “Go Neutrophils! And a pair of sunglasses and a pancake pan

  1. Mmmmm … barbecued ribs!! Glad the blood count stuff had improved so you could go out and enjoy them.

    Hate migraines … haven’t had one since my cealiac diagnosis (not that I’d thought about the possible correlation between the two before), but used to get them fairly regularly. You have my sympathies on that score… no fun at all.

  2. Well, if you must collect “my” ailments, let your “things happen in threes”
    land you with myopia to round out the count and stop at that. Though I’m no stranger to headaches, I’ve thankfully only had a handful of the “skull cracking open” kind. They are nasty things.

  3. Wow — the migraine is some shopper!
    As for eating ribs in public — being an American, and from America’s Deep South, there is never any qualm about going elbow-deep in ribs. In fact, until you mentioned it, I’d not even considered the possibility that someone might shrink back from a full slab.

  4. What shall we intend for this week? I am with you on any choice… we can intend you are headache-free, good numbers are continuing to climb up, and you are feeling like knitting again…. just let me know… it’s all for the highest and best good of all concerned!!

  5. I once got a migraine in Brixton market and the only sunglasses I could find were meant for kids and had penguins on them. So now… picture the scene as I groped my way through central Brixton, feeling my way along the garden walls in dark glasses with penguins on… “Smoke? Hey lady – you want some weed?” Nee naw nee naw nee naw…
    Not one of my better days out.
    P.S. Nobody got arrested and I got home safely.

    Hooray for happy neutrophils!

  6. Hi P!

    You can’t do a tab within the editor, but you can select “preformatted” from the list where you see “paragraph.” Then you can count spaces and have things in tidy columns.

    For the PICC — do you have Glad Press N Seal there?
    You could wrap your arm in it and not have to worry so much about it getting wet. Really saved me a lot of aggravation after I learned about it. I’d plaster it right over my hickman and get in the shower.

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