a no go
Google ‘a no go’ and you receive the following per thefreedictionary.com –
Not in a suitable condition for proceeding or functioning properly: The space launch was no-go. n. pl. no-goes. A situation in which planned operations cannot be effectuated, as in the case of the launch of spacecraft: The flight is a no-go because of technical problems.
It was a no go!
Last Friday was my scheduled 2nd week of my 3rd cycle of chemotherapy. My usual routine is the day before chemotherapy, I visit the hospital and have blood drawn to check my blood counts. So Thursday morning, I have my blood drawn as I have for the past months.
Per texasoncology.com –
A reduced number of blood cells in circulation is a common side effect of chemotherapy. Blood is composed of three basic blood cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Blood cells are produced in the bone marrow and regularly released into circulation. Chemotherapy destroys rapidly dividing cells, a characteristic of cancer cells. However, bone marrow cells also divide rapidly and are frequently damaged by chemotherapy.
I receive a call Thursday afternoon from the Oncology office that my white blood count was down and my chemotherapy the next day is cancelled – it was a no go!
From mayoclinic.org –
Low blood cell counts: Side effect of cancer treatment
Low blood cell counts can be a serious complication during cancer treatment. Know why your doctor closely tracks your blood cell counts.
White blood cells. These cells help your body fight infection. A low white blood cell count (leukopenia) leaves your body more open to infection. And if an infection does develop, your body may be unable to fight it off.
In my post ’98 Degrees‘, I concluded with the following –
Sunday I felt better, therefore the final trip of my Vacation Week was taken and that evening the temperature reaches 101.6. Monday my temperature spikes to 102.6 and I am now in the hospital.
That was the way my Vacation Week ended; no 98 Degrees, but 102.6 Degrees – not a catchy name for a boy band group!
In today’s post I conclude with the following –
I certainly do not intend to spend time in the hospital again with a fever or an infection – so I have little participation in being out and about for the next couple of weeks.
I will not have a chemotherapy treatment for 2 weeks and unsure at this time how this will affect my schedule.
You see next week would have been my week off and then followed by 2 final weeks of chemotherapy for my 4th and final cycle. Now that I am not finishing the final week of my 3rd cycle I will not know when the 4th cycle will end.
You may remember I am making uncertain plans to travel back to Texas to spend Thanksgiving with my family. With this latest development in my treatment, these uncertain plans become closer to a certainty that the visit will not take place.
Thanksgiving with my family – it may be a no go!