Monday, November 12, 2007

Merry Christmas to Me!

Dang it!

I was hoping today was my last appointment with the hematologist. I hate going to The Cancer Center. Was there no other name available? Was A-Town Oncology Associates already taken? The Cancer Center seems like you're doomed. Last Stop would have been almost as welcoming.

I was originally sent there last January because my blood tests alarmed my OB/GYN, and she thought I might have leukemia. I got to spend the Christmas season wondering if it were true until I could get into the specialist. Further tests showed that I had erythrocytosis which means I have too many red blood cells. My hemoglobin levels were elevated. Erythrocytosis isn't a disease itself. It's usually brought on by tumors or another disease. Bone marrow is involved. I don't really "do" medical stuff, and it's boring anyway, but that gives you an idea of why I've been going there.

I've had SO much blood drawn this year, you'd think I would have lost some weight, but NO! Anyway, the story is we did months of blood work showing that my levels were elevated. There was no treatment to undergo. I was being observed for a while to determine what to do next. I changed absolutely nothing about my diet or lifestyle during this time. Candy bars and Dr. Pepper continued to be the mainstay of my diet. During this period of testing, my blood tests started coming back completely normal. So then I was observed for an even longer period of time to see if I would remain "normal." My hematologist said, "It's like your body healed itself!" Well, sure it did! Because I'm cool like that!

I went back today hoping to be dismissed from his care. We did even more lab work, and it all came back perfectly normal. You'd think he'd be convinced I don't need to return. Instead he said, "I want you to come back in six months and then a year or so after that. At this point I'm no longer trying to determine that you have erythrocytosis. I'm determining that you don't. "

My insurance company will be happy to know their dollars are going towards making sure a well woman is well.

I'm skeptical that my body healed itself. I'd be more inclined to believe prayers were answered since I can't even subtract without moving my fingers. I'm just glad that this Christmas is going to be a very Merry Christmas. No fears this year. No images of leukemia taking me away from my family before I'm ready. No anxiety over my child's open heart surgery. Just peace.


  • I hate going to the doctor when I am ill. I think I would hate it even more if I wasn't ill. You have my sympathies!

    By Blogger Mercurie, at Mon Nov 12, 06:04:00 PM  

  • stupid question.....did the normal levels come back around teh time you got pregnant?

    Seems like a silly question....but since your 2 months along or such...jsut wondering.

    Glad its working out for you!

    By Blogger carmachu, at Mon Nov 12, 08:02:00 PM  

  • Sounds like you deserve a quiet, PEACEFUL holiday season...

    By Blogger RWA, at Mon Nov 12, 09:01:00 PM  

  • A doctor once thought I had Leukememeiamema too. It turned out to be Mononeucleosisois. I once had a lump on my leg that the doctor said might be cancer. It turned out to be an ingrown hair.

    Merry Xmas!

    By Blogger Kurt, at Mon Nov 12, 10:50:00 PM  

  • Glad to know that you will be with us a while.

    Did the doctor give any indication about the uncontrollable sweating?

    By Blogger Merle Sneed, at Mon Nov 12, 11:28:00 PM  

  • Great news....that gave me a teary eye for your joy! :)

    By Blogger Corey~living and loving, at Tue Nov 13, 01:17:00 AM  

  • Enjoy this wonderful season. I"m glad you got a miracle, young lady! XOXO

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Nov 13, 08:43:00 AM  

  • you know I'm so pleased... we've had a few christmas seasons in our family where things have been 'tense' waiting for results or waiting for developments.
    I'm so pleased that you can relax and enjoy this pregnancy and that you can watch your family enjoy themselves with a real sense of peace.
    Good for you x

    By Blogger Little Nut Tree, at Sat Nov 17, 11:00:00 AM  

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