Neulasta is a prescription medication called a white cell booster that helps your body produce more white blood cells to reduce your risk of infection. A sufficient white blood cell count will help my doctor to determine I am ready for my next scheduled chemotherapy treatment. Most doctors agree that sticking to the planned chemotherapy schedule may be the first step to success. Studies have proven the effectiveness of a Neulasta injection given 24 hours after chemo helps to protect chemotherapy patients against the complications of a low white blood cell count.
A side effect of Neulasta can be an overall achy feeling as it is pulling from the bone marrow to help support the white blood cell count. This usually occurs in the large bone areas such as legs, hips, shoulders. So far (knock on wood), this is good. And while today was still a groggy, quesy day, I think I've figured out my meds, Tylenol, and drinking tons of fluids, I'm learning how to manage it all. After a few good naps this afternoon and evening, my head is feeling much better.
So the next few days should be the worst. Apparently the doldrums of chemo can last a week. So I'll be back to my old self just in time for the next treatment! Whopeeeeeee!!!
I can't thank you all enough for all your love, support, prayers, etc. It is so very heartwarming to us both. While I don't respond to every email or call, I do hear you all and it is very heartwarming and boosts me up. HUGE HUGS.....