In all the excitement of publishing a book of which I am giving most of the proceeds to charity http://www.amazon.co.uk/Robert-Mr-Marcus-Evans/dp/1495975606 I had almost forgotten about my blood tests.
Well, that’s not entirely true, but I certainly haven’t been worried about them. Even so after two weeks I got bored and after 10 different phone calls to 4 different numbers I got my results, which have apparently been available for a while. Good work again at Barts.
to recap In Splenic Lymphoma the two things to worry about are rising Lymphocyte and white blood cell counts or falling red blood cells counts. If you have a lymphocyte count of over 10000 then this indicates a blood disorder, and this was how I was diagnosed. Average for an adult is 1,000 and 4,800 lymphocytes per ML.
They have also said that if you chart the results as time goes by it will show you how quickly things are progressing. If its goes up by 10000 points or so every three months then you are likely to have to worry after it gets to about 100000 or 200000 depending on the patient.
I have plotted my results on the same spreadsheet as last time.
|Type of Cell||Average range||June 10th||June 26th||Nov 27th||March 26th|
|Lymphocyte Count||1 to 4.8||10.8||10.6||9.7||13.2|
|White Blood Cell Count||4 to 11||15.4||15.4||14.3||17.8|
|Platelet Count||150 to 440||203||203||208||199|
|Red Blood Cell Count||4.5 to 6.5||5.2||5.2||5.21||5.16|
|Neutrophils (white cells that ingest bad cells)||2 to 7.5||4||3.9||3.4||3.6|
This isn’t terrible news, but not fantastic either. My white cell count has increased as has the Lymphocyte count. These haven’t gone up massively and because I won’t need treatment until I get to 100000 or so, its still pretty good with four months gone.
Basically I can halt the gravediggers that read the original article about me (As will be posted on Friday).
I have plotted this on a time graph based on my four sets of results
I have then provisionally worked out at what point I might need treatment. This is based around getting to a lymphocyte count of 100000, and this is not always the point in which treatment is needed. there is variation from person to person as well. Still its fairly encouraging as you can see below.
So the order of the day is still watch and wait. I’ll keep you posted, as always, and we can see how it goes on the next blood test results!
In other news I have now sold 140 copies of my book, so please support me in this as well, as it is gratefully appreciated! Keep well everyone 🙂