That nasty word in the title means low white blood cell count. I saw my rheumatologist yesterday afternoon and he indicated that my last blood tests showed a low white blood cell count. He says that it can be caused by my medications – chemo drugs can do that and one of my medications is a low dose chemo type. So I’ve been doing some research and see that symptoms of leukopenia include fatigue and fevers. Perhaps they’re not all hot flashes that I’ve been having – maybe they really are fevers. I know that I’ve not felt well recently, but have kept pushing onward. Not always a good thing, I know but it’s part of my make up.
While it’s not good to have a low white blood cell count with cold and flu season upon us, I do feel a sense of smugness that I really do have a reason to not feel well! It wasn’t really my imagination running wild. Although I don’t usually exaggerate symptoms: when I say I don’t feel well, I really don’t feel well. But lately it’s been even more of a feeling that I am tired of really pushing my way thru life and I need a break and I need to slow down. I’ve been feeling lately that I can no longer work the required hours that my job needs and the demands have felt overwhelming of late. At least I know now that that I’m not making this up and medically I have cause for feeling run down.
We are going to redo the blood test in a few weeks and see what that one shows. In the meantime, I continue taking my vitamins and eating a healthy diet, and rest a bit. Stay away from sick people and treat any cuts and scrapes with extra care. I am in a good place as far as my medications for RA, so I don’t want to have to cease them at this time and come out of remission. That wouldn’t be something I would be happy about.
Happy Saturday to my friends out there. Enjoy your weekend. We are forecast for some snow which could put a damper on our Breast Cancer walk tomorrow morning!!