Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Neutrophil counts are up

Good news - the treatment seems to be doing something. The platelet counts are up a little bit, but the neutrophil counts, those white blood cells most active in fighting infections, are at 1.5. Two weeks ago they were at 0.1, which is really, really low. Normal counts are between 2.0 and 8.0. Basically, at neutrophil counts less than 0.5, you're struggling with infections from your own bacteria. I've had a cold for the last month which is finally starting to dissipate, so it feels good :)

3 comments:

Kurt said...

Damn 0.1 is astounding low, then. And "self-infecting bacteria" sounds like a nightmare :( Glad you're feeling better.

obscurity said...

Funny, I never realized they were *that* low ... otherwise I wouldn't have been spitting in your coffee ...

Steve Rider said...

Ha ha, you know, I didn't realize how low that was either until I started reading up on it. It's probably good that I didn't know...

Right now they're hovering around 0.7, so not so bad.