Health Update – Treatment Day

Today, Monday, November 1st, 2021 is a Treatment Day at 2:30 pm. Compared with past treatments, this one is pretty easy. I show up, they hook me up using my port-a-cath, the lines are flushed, I get a small bag of saline solution to hydrate my blood, the chemo drug is added to the gravity drip, and I finish up with a flush of saline and anti-coagulants. From beginning to end, it takes about 20 minutes. And then I’m done and on my way.

White blood cells are a type of blood cell that is made in the bone marrow and found in the blood and lymph tissue. White blood cells are part of the body’s immune system. They help the body fight infection and other diseases. Types of white blood cells are granulocytes (neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils), monocytes, and lymphocytes (T cells and B cells). Checking the number of white blood cells in the blood is usually part of a complete blood cell (CBC) test. It may be used to look for conditions such as infection, inflammation, allergies, and leukemia. Also called leukocyte and WBC. (Taken from American National Cancer Institute)

In the chart above, neutrophils are shown as are the overall White blood cell count. As described in the previous paragraph, neutrophils are a type of White blood cell. Although I feel fine, the increased value of 10.01 in the table for October 30th indicates my body is battling an infection of some nature. That is actually good news because it means my immune system is doing what it’s supposed to do even though I am immune-compromised.


Countdown to Goodlife FITNESS 10k

Countdown to GoodLife FITNESS 10K Run

Around 10:00 am on Monday, CTV’s Natasha Pace, interview Brad and me regarding our upcoming participation in the GoodLife Fitness 10k Run on Sunday, November 7th starting at 8:15 am. The article she prepared ran later in the afternoon as part of Live at 5. Click on the picture below to launch the clip.

The Bond of Big Brotherhood

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