We drove to St. Luke’s Hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho from Mackay, Idaho for my 10:30 AM appointment for a bone marrow biopsy under conscious sedation and the placement of a Bard Power Port (intravenous access that is place under the chest skin) also under conscious sedation.
Had my blood drawn first. All of my multiple myeloma labs SPEP were drawn too, but I won’t get those results for a week or so.
My white blood cell count was low at 2.3 (norms 4.5-11). Hemoglobin was low at 10.9 (norms 12-15); and my platelets were awesomely normal at 143 (norms 140-440). My Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC) was 1.51 (norms 1.9-8.8) which means I need to watch my exposure with persons who are couging and/or sick.
My LDH was great at 516 (norms 313-618). This slightly down since my 11 Dec 2012 value of 529.
Jani and I were taken to the Interventional Radiology area where I met my nurse for the day – RN Mendi and surgeon, Cameron Evans, MD.
RN Mendi started my IV on the first poke and decorated it for the Christmas season :)
That little piece of plastic hanging down from the nasal oxygen is CO2 monitor.