White blood count down

Got a phone call from my Rheumatologist’s office yesterday. I was at the interview, so wasn’t there to pick up. Didn’t notice the message light was flashing until after lunch. I don’t like phones, so I had fosteronfilm call them back. My doc folks typically give Matthew a hard time, saying that they’re not allowed to talk to him about me–even though I swear I filled out a form thingy giving them permission to do so–but my Rheumatologist’s staff are cool. After a brief check pause, they told Matthew why they called.

It seems that the lab work I had done revealed that my white blood count is down. This could be due to the Imuran, in which case it’s bad. Quite bad. I’m going back in for more lab work in a couple weeks–having them leech out more blood–to determine if it was a fluke or a real concern. If my count remains down, they’re going to have to pull me from the Imuran. I’m very unhappy at that possibility, not that I’m joyous about taking Imuran or anything, actually the stuff terrifies me when I think about it, but we just got all my medications leveled out. The prospect of starting another med, risking allergic reactions and other side-effects, perhaps even a flare-up, is a depressing one. Thought I’d managed to get on an even keel. Although I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Been under a lot of stress. Of course my stupid human suit would freak out.

Writing Stuff

Received payment for “When the Lights Go Out” today. In pounds sterling, even, and currently the exchange rate between pounds and dollars is pretty sweet. A nice little pick-me-up.

My folktale is now up at Critters. Three crits this morning (including one from wistling, thanks!). It’s being well-received thus far.

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6 Responses to White blood count down

  1. Best of luck with the meds problems and complications. Sometimes, the things we take to make us “better” are not all they’re cracked up to be, are they?

    I received your story from Critters and am going to have a crit soon, too. I love reading your work, so I’m really looking forward to it.

  2. britzkrieg says:

    How scary! I hope everything turns out OK. I’m thinking about you.

  3. pagmatic says:

    BTW, did you get my email yesterday?? Just wondering since I didn’t recieve a reply.

  4. wistling says:

    Oh dear, I hope your medication problem is resolved soon.

    My own story is up at Critters this week too. Received one crit from a new Critter so far; kind words and appreciated, but a bit short.

  5. Anonymous says:

    So sorry about the bc, Eugie. Sheesh–sounds like you’ve been through lots of poking and prodding.

    I’m looking forward to reading your story (and critiquing it–unless, like last time, you are going to be overwhelmed with critiques).

    There are about five stories I want to read on Critters this week (including Tony’s)–but where is the time? Best wishes, Anne Fitten

  6. jackzodiac says:


    I will send you good karma your way…


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