Returned to Haematology Centre for blood test and consultation with doctor today. Arrived 4mins late but luckily there was no queue and blood taking was completed quickly. While waiting for consultation, I saw a patient-friend who came for family conference. He will be doing his stem cell transplant soon! He’s so close to getting well now, just like me, and I’m happy for him.
The digital queue display beeped and showed 0060. It’s my turn! I walked into Consultation Room 10 wondering if admission for the 4th cycle of chemotherapy will be this week. Doctor handed the blood count report to me – everything went up but WBC count was still a tad low to start chemo. He arranged for another full blood count next week. He also added that the next admission requires a bone marrow aspiration to confirm if i am already in remission state and also to assess the need for a 5th chemo.
That’s another week of freedom, family and me-time!
Here’s a very good video explaining what leukaemia is:
A simple full blood count (FBC) detected unusual low haemoglobin and platelets level, and high concentration of white blood cells and blast cells in my blood, which are characteristics of leukaemia.
However, FBC alone does not differentiate the type of leukaemia I have. Hence, cytogenetic analysis on my bone marrow cells was necessary to determine the diagnosis, prognosis, management and treatment of my leukaemia. Karyotyping of my bone marrow cells shows chromosomal abnormality – translocation between chromosome 8 and 21.
I am thankful that it’s only leukaemia (with good prognosis) and the diagnosis is simple and straight forward. I had seen and heard many patients directed to different specialists and went through lots of procedures (e.g. scans & scopes) to identify where the problem lies. My advice for all – commit to regular health checkups and visit a doctor if you feel unwell. Most important of all, maintain a healthy and active lifestyle!