Kicking AML’s Ass: No needle in my haystack

Posted by @ 8:12 pm on Sunday 10th January, 2016.
Categories: Illness and injury

My latest blood test results say that I now have full-on chemo-induced neutropenia.

The generally-accepted healthy reference range for absolute neutrophil count (ANC) in adults is 2.5–7.5 x 109 cells/L of blood. Any ANC of <1.5 x 109 cells/L is considered neutropenia, but <0.5 x 109 cells/L is considered severe.

I have 0.00 x 109 cells/L - none - zilch.

So I'm open to any infection that nature bowls at me, I have a broken bat, and I need to stay at the crease for another 3 weeks. If each yorker, carrom ball or googly can't be padded away then my stumps will be uprooted, the bails will be off and I'll never play for the First XI ever again.

It's a sobering thought. I'll sleep on it.

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11 Responses to “Kicking AML’s Ass: No needle in my haystack”

  1. alan.sloman says:

    Zero does sound a tad low...
    Thinking of you, mate.

  2. BG! says:

    Cheers, Alan.

    To be honest, I've hardly quivered a lip over my situation, but whenever I read or recall what has happened with you, your brother and your collective kidney problems, it reduces me to tears every time. I have tried many times to leave you a comment, but I can't find the words.

  3. alan.sloman says:

    @BG! -
    I know what you mean, Stef. You're stuck at the crease and too busy concentrating on the bowler's arm to worry too much about your own plight.
    Let us do that for you, Sir. You carry on padding away the blighter and we'll distract the umpire so he won't notice the lbws.
    It's the same now with my brother.
    Best of luck.

  4. AlanR says:

    It would “seam” that it was always going to happen with your treatment. The Oncologist knew it was going to hit rock bottom. Don’t get “Bowled “ over by it, just make sure you can do everything possible to avoid infections and getting “run Out’ or Run down. Mouth infections need to be avoided so no tongues with the night nurses eh!.
    Stay at the crease mate.

  5. nanda.kumar says:

    Keep your head full of positive thoughts and be strong. Praying for you Stef.
    Get well soon.

  6. alan.sloman says:

    Hi Stef.

    Just wondering how you're getting along. I hope everything's okay, Sir.

  7. BG! says:

    @nanda.kumar -
    Thanks, Nanda. I do believe that your praying is working!

  8. BG! says:

    @alan.sloman -

    Had the bails off a few times but they all turned out to be off no-balls.
    Details in the next post.

  9. Kevin Costello says:

    Hi Stef,

    Sorry i's taken me so long to ge in touch. I have moved from Facilities department into the Service centre, it's taken Infosys over a month to sort out my access!

    Just wandering how you are getting on matey?

  10. BG! says:

    @Kevin Costello -

    Hi Kevin, Happy New Year and congrats on getting your permie job.
    Had some ups & downs, currently on an up so it's all rosy at the moment.

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