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I know it is way past due that I write, but since the last surgery , I've had another minor one and have been literally in a doctor's office, hospital, or blood donor room every day for the last three weeks. This is my first day where I have no medical duties to adhere to.
I did get a little camera, so I am working on getting some material to put up on this site so you maybe can actually put a face to a name and join along with the experience.
I had a surgery to put a catheder through my chest, rib cage, and into my heart so I can get chemo, bloodwork, a fun thing called leukaphoresis - all while not getting poked so much.
From the beginning, I went from the operating room to the Hope Lodge , where I will be staying until this is over, hopefully by mid-November. After the operation, I was in the hospital getting chemo for the next three days. I did not get sick, but had the usual fatigue. With chemo comes a shot in the abdo...
White blood cells are produced by your bone marrow to help your body fight infection. If you have fewer than normal white blood cells, you have a higher risk of getting an infection.
Breast cancer treatments that can lower your white blood cell count:
Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab)
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatanib)
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab)
If you get an infection because you have a low white blood cell count, your symptoms may include:
fever (call your doctor immediately if your fever is higher than 101.5 degrees F)
sore throat or cough
shortness of breath
vaginal discharge, itching, or burning during urination
an injury site becomes red, swollen, or warm
Boosting your white blood cell count
If you have a low white blood cell count, your doctor can prescribe medicines to help stimulate your immune system after each round of chemotherapy. Your doctor also may decide to stop you...
How can the doctor tell if a total knee replacement (TKR) is infected? The patient history, an exam, and lab results are helpful. Since lab studies are so important, researchers want to know if the lab values for infection are the same in a knee with an implant compared to a knee without an implant. Fluid from the knee can be removed and checked for infection. The number of white blood cells (WBCs) and neutrophils are counted. Neutrophils are the WBCs that destroy bacteria in the body. The American College of Rheumatology sets the levels for bacterial infection. They say more than 50,000 WBCs and more than 75 percent neutrophils suggest infection. Normal joint fluid has less than 200 WBCs and fewer than 25 percent neutrophils. Should these same values be used if a knee with an implant is infected? That's what these doctors tried to find out. They looked at the records of 440 patients with TKRs. Eighty-six had WBCs measured before their TKR was revised. There were 50 knees free of infect...
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