Dave was scheduled for more Rituxan today, but he didn't go in for it. His Absolute Neutrophil count is 225 (last week was 429) and his Absolute Lymphocyte count is 630 (last week was 605.) He left messages for his doctor yesterday morning and again this morning expressing concern about his low white counts, but no one returned his calls. He also called the Oncology Clinic this morning and left a message saying he didn't want more treatment until he'd talked to someone. But we didn't hear anything until someone called to ask why he wasn't at his appointment.
A that point, the explanations given for his low white counts were, "don't know" and "it's the disease process." Nevertheless, Dave was strongly encouraged to come in for another Rituxan treatment, because "the doctor wants you to have it" and "it will help cure the disease and then the Neutrophils will recover." Right. This kind of vague, bullshit, baby-talk drives me absolutely nuts. It's taking all of my self control right now to not turn into a raving bitch.
So now, we're headed back to the hospital tomorrow for another Rituxan treatment. Stay tuned.