Friday, May 9, 2008

of MRIs and blood counts

I was up at 6:30 this morning for blood tests at Motol. The results, which I just got over the phone, are as follows: white blood cells 6.3; red blood cells 4.44; hemoglobin 14.0; and platelets 199. So all my numbers are back up and well within the healthy ranges.

I had an MRI of my head at Homolka on Wednesday. This is the worst slide of over a hundred, so comparable to the others already posted:

This is one of very few slides where you (or any other untrained eye, like myself) can even tell that I ever had an operation. Of course, I’ll have to wait until my consultation with Dr. Klener on Tuesday for the official analysis, but it looks good to me: no obvious baseballs, grapefruit or watermelon in any of the slides and the swelling has unswollen.

I’m meeting a Chinese doctor who practices Chinese medicine, of all things, on Monday afternoon. We’ll see what he has to say. I have a CT scan of my chest next Friday (the 16th), which should reveal any progress or regress of my remaining seven tumors. This will decide whether or not I will have a fourth chemo cycle, although I have no idea what the deciding criteria are.

On the whole, I’m feeling very well despite the time-consuming responsibilities and obligations of mikeFEST!™ (already in progress). I had a great week with Christine and am really glad she made it out. Between chemo, entertaining a house guest, and running a 12-day festival, I haven’t had much time to write. Thanks again for your comments, advice, and most of all your presents... uh, I mean presence ;-) Here's a picture of Christine in the hospital:


Anonymous said...

does this mean the chemo is working? Ann

mike said...

No. Unfortunately, there is no correlation between side effects (or lack thereof), healthy blood counts (or lack thereof) and the effectiveness of chemotherapy. I'll know sometime after the CT scan on the 16th if it's worked or not. Maybe.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike,

I'm so relieved your cell count is back to normal, and sorry you had that rough day last Wednesday. I've got my fingers crossed for you, and hope MikeFest is a blast!!!!!

Thinking of you, and Jon sends his love too.

And I think the beard looks great, actually--


Pamela said...

I agree with Larry. The beard makes you look super-butch and slightly dangerous(?)


Jake Doyle said...

Hi Mike, this is Lucia's husband Jake here. I assume "mikeFEST" is your famous one-week birthday celebration. She told me about it years ago and I thought it was a very cool idea. So Happy mikeFEST. Please come to Budapest as soon as you're over your cancer. It would be groovy to finally meet you.

Antiquated Tory said...

All things considered, that's still pretty damn good news. Hope to see you and the ladies up in Letna Saturday.


PS Saw tons of Oscar the other week, he sends his best regards and would write you if he ever could get off his butt and write anyone.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Mike. What an honor -- my own photo on the blog! Sorry to have been out of touch. I had a lovely time with you too, of course, even during hospital visits. Glad to hear the blood results are back within normal range and that there's been no further metastasis. What great news! It seems you've been somehow launched directly into senescence, however, with that enlarged prostate & gall stone. Fingers crossed that these pesky issues will very shortly be your only health concerns. Take care.