Yesterday I went for my 3 month check in with the Doctors at the Hammersmith hospital on a very sunny and warm day in London.
Main news is that my PCR numbers (basically the number of cells with Leukeamia) is up from last visits 0.1% to 0.2% which was a bit of a worry as it was the first time the numbers hadn’t gone down. You could read this as one of 2 ways, either it as a 100% increase or it has gone up by the small amount of 0.1%. Anyway Dr M said he wasn’t overtly concerned at this time as the numbers are still low and it could have been just a blip. I guess we will find out on my next visit, if it has gone up again then maybe time to get a little more concerned.
Also I mentioned I was getting a lot of pins and needles in my left arm whilst running in the gym after about 25 minutes so he sent me for an ECG to have my heart tested. I left the results with him and he said he would call if there was anything to be worried about, which he hasn’t yet. Although I did scan the notes and it said something along the lines of due to patient age/profile possible candidate for LVH and reading up about LVH doesn’t sound too good. Something else to consider as I have read that Gleevec can have side effects on the heart although uncommon. I feel fit and healthy although a recent blood pressure test at the gym put it towards the higher end of the acceptable ranges, and it is only on the running machine I have problems. Maybe i should stop running
That was it really, but a quick hello to the chap I met with AML in the blood room.