What Happened on April 11, 2012

Posted on April 15, 2012. Filed under: Cancer | Tags: , , |

So… I was feeling tired at the end of March even though I was getting enough sleep, I was seriously dragging. Since my dragging is often other people’s normal energy level, I figured it was just age. Then came the mega black and blue marks. One on the back of my leg covered half my calf. OK…I can be clutzy, but the numerous shiners all over my body was weird. What does any woman of the new millennium do when she has symptoms? She googles them! By Friday, I thought leukemia was a real possibility, but it also seemed rather “out there.” I started saying, “I have leukemia,” because hearing it out loud made it seem stupid.

By the second weekend in April, I woke with bloody noses that wouldn’t quit for almost an hour. Scott and I debated about going to the ER, but that seemed so dramatic. On Monday, I emailed my doctor to see if anything I was taking might cause my blood to thin. She told me to come in, so I made an appointment for the following Wednesday, April 10.

Wednesday was busy. I had to finish some writing. Then Scott and I went to Evanston for the doctor appointment. From there, I met with a young man I’d agreed to mentor.  Then, I had painting class. Immediately after I came home from painting class, the doctor called. It was about 10 p.m., so I figured the news wasn’t good. Dr. Ryu asked about my evening and chatted about my class until I said, “so what exactly are my test results.” She paused and said explained that platelets should number from 150,000 to 300,000 and mine were 15,000! Hmmmmm….not good. She said the hematologist was fairly certain that the numbers indicated some form of leukemia.

She asked if I would be open to going to Evanston Hospital then or prefer to wait until morning, while she subtly lobbied for the first option. Arriving at night also meant I could skip the whole check-in process where, if you’re a woman, they will ask you if you “feel safe in your home?”  I imagined how I’d have to keep a straight face while saying “yes” with a whole bunch of bruises  on me. Instead my doctor could admit me via the phone and I’d just have to show up at the fifth floor nurse’s station. Sounded good, and smart. I called my daughters to let them know and, needless to say, they were pretty upset.

Droopy-eyed, Scott packed me up, drove me to Evanston and stayed until I was settled in well after midnight.

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7 Responses to “What Happened on April 11, 2012”

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Emily,
So sorry to hear such a diagnosis. Glad you took your symptoms seriously and are some place where they can do everything possible for you.

Light, love and positive energy for you and Scott and your family.

Siobhan

Emily, I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I am glad you took your symptoms seriously and are in a place where they can help you. Love, light, and positive energy for you, Scott, and your family.

e, I’m so glad we could talk tonight, and love that you’re in good spirits. Thanks for sharing this blog, you always think of the coolest ways to keep us posted! I just know that you’ll be fine in no time, love you!

Whoa — thinking good thoughts, sending healing vibes, whatever – you got it. Hugs and hoping for the best!
Sherri

Story to hear about your diagnosis. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY … BUT YOUR WORDS MAY HELP SOMEONE ELSE TO TAKE THAT FIRST STEP WE ALL DREAD!!! LOVE YOU EMILY!! YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS AND YOU ARE A FIGHTER .. I FEEL YOU WILL OVER COME THIS. PRAYERS WILL BE FOR YOU …. AND YOU KNOW WHO TO TALK TOO IN THE TIMES YOU FEEL ALONE … BUT YOU WILL NEVER BE ALONE AS OUR PRAYERS WILL BE SURROUNDING YOU AT THOSE TIMES. THE DAVIS’.

Emily:

I just found out from Janet Green. I haven’t been on the dinner club email list for so long that I’ve lost touch. Not a good thing.

I’m so sorry to hear about all this! I haven’t done the cancer thing (unless living next door to Janet Green counts), but I have certainly spend a great deal of time in hospitals. You and Scott are both in my prayers continuously.

Kick that cancer’s ASS, Em! I know you can do it!

Love–Heather


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