So I hadn’t been to the dentist in a bout 3 years so my wife made me an appointment. It was on a Monday so I took the day off since I need to burn up some PTO. On the Friday before, my wife says, oh, I made you a doctors appointment also since I hadn’t been in a bout 4 years. The doctor visit was first, they took blood, felt my neck, listened to my heart and lungs and it all looked good. Went to the dentist and the lady scraped on my teeth, did the cleaning and no cavities. I was done by noon and I enjoyed the rest of my day off.
6:30 AM the next day the doctor office is on the phone with my wife saying there is an issue with my bloodwork and they’d like to send me to a specialist. When does a doctors office get back to you that quickly?
They said my white blood count was high, it could be an infection, they need to see me to determine the cause.
That was Tuesday morning and now I have an appointment at 2:30 that Friday. Has anybody gotten an appointment that quickly before?
I try to stay positive through the week, I feel fine! Maybe they are being overly cautious, maybe there was a mistake?
Friday comes, my wife picks me up from work to go to the appointment. We’re not going to the doctors office...we pull into the Nebraska Cancer Center...
I feel like one of those people in those videos where they slip down a hill and they are desperately trying to stop themselves from falling...but here I go...
My wife and I go into the examination room, I’m trying to stay strong on the outside. The doctor comes in, we talk then he pokes around my stomach. He told me what he was looking for but I can’t remember, all I could hear was “this can’t be happening to me” over and over in my head. He said whatever it was seamed fine... now it’s time for the reason I’m here.
He starts talking about white blood cell levels and the different types, what they look for when they see certain patterns.
I have leukemia.
“There has just been one blood test could it be a mistake?”
“No, a mistake wouldn’t hit all these markers.”
The good news (???) is that it’s Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), a slowly progressing cancer that should respond well to a pill treatment.
The next step is a bone marrow biopsy to determine the true extent then make a treatment plan.
What a difference a week makes.
Even after the above, I consider myself lucky. I should be able to treat this with a pill, some people are worse off.