a no go!

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.

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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.

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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!

50 thoughts on “a no go!

  1. I may not have shared with you my SIL is an MD. White cells are important when the count is off- it is a no-go! Where have you been spending time-on your off time? Remember, I mentioned about being around other people? That’s why (as I was told) limit that. Dang, I do not like this for you my friend. Makes me sad that you are back in the hospital (you do not like them any better than I do)! Hang in there Terry…Sunshine Hugs!!!

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  2. Oh dearest Terry I am SO sorry. That risk is always there with Chemo but honestly I am so cross that you are amongst those that ends up hospitalised because your blood is having to fight too many battles – that’s why that white cell count is off and as Cheryl above says, it is probably something you have picked up around people. The Chemo wipes out your immune system is the bottom line. It’s like when you take anti-biotics and they kill all the good bacteria along with the bad and you need to eat live yoghurt to replenish the good stuff. Except worse. Now. YOu are in the right place and if necessary I will dress as a Turkey and come with all the trimmings to Pensacola to make Thanksgiving the one you never forget. Don’t give up on me, dearest friend. All shall be well – its just a bluddy squiffy road for you just now and very hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel but it IS there just around the bend you didn’t know about. It is. And one other thing – if you aren’t in Texas for Thanksgiving this year it is for a reason and that reason will be because next year you will be clear of all this and REALLY giving thanks with all your nearest and dearest. Rooting for you as ever and sending warmth rather than heat from far up the coast 😘 ☀️

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    • Dear Osyth, I guess this post came across as confusing – my mistake. I am not in the hospital as I am limiting my time around other people because I do not want to end up becoming sick. My white blood count is down and so I am staying away from others. Thanks dear for stopping by today, I appreciate you very much. 🙂

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      • Haha! I need to learn to READ! Actually I think I need to change my glasses …. I picked up a bargain bottle of wine on Saturday and my husband nearly fainted at the check-out when the cashier rang up $44.45 rather than the $4.45 I thought it was! Take my comment down, if you like because I wouldn’t want it to confuse others. But the threat of me in the Turkey suit still stands!!!!

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  3. The only thing that is certain is uncertainty – LOL! Go with the flow and hopefully things will work out. I know that is easier said than done though. A day at a time buddy – moment at a time if necessary! Hugs from Mars!!!

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  4. Terry, can your family not come to see you for Thanksgiving? If not, then you and Gary can celebrate it together and as Osyth said….next year you can travel back to Texas and really have something to be thankful for! Best wishes and warm hugs to you both. 🙂

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  5. I am sorry to hear that, Terry. When my friend was going through chemo, this happened commonly to her or she got a virus and the schedule is whacked again. You can have a delayed get-together and just eat turkey when it’s cheaper! 🐥
    Look after yourself, love K x

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  6. Oh no Terry, that is not good news, I am sorry. Never mind, let’s be positive and let’s hope that all will be okay and also, let’s hope that you will be able to spend Thanksgiving with your family.
    Hang in there, and thinking of you 🙂 Hope you are having a relaxed day. 🙂

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  7. As I am sure they told you this is not uncommon….low white count…there are so many side effects to chemo….just take deep breaths, eat..and stay away from sickies….perhaps you body needed another week off to rest…speaking out loud my thoughts…traveling and being around people right after getting off chemo is such a stress on your body and a risk…even if you feel good…your body is going to need to rest and recoup and stay away from people that could have colds, or be the carrier of the terrible winter flues….I know how important it is to spend time with family over the holidays…just worried for you buddy that’s all…sending healing thoughts and I danced half naked in the moon beams on the back deck for you…..xxxxxkat

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