• did you ask for prophylactic antibiotics, when you are neutropenia? any tips?

    Asked by cranburymom on Saturday, January 21, 2012

    did you ask for prophylactic antibiotics, when you are neutropenia? any tips?

    My WBC and neutrophil are basically down to zero. I will be living like a monk for the next few days. Any tips to get through this? Do I have to do all my meetings online instead of in-person? how soon did you go back and check your count in 2-3 days to check your counts?

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    • leepenn's Avatar

      My personal opinion would be no to the antibiotics. Those come with effects too. unless you actually have an infection, the antibiotics will not help you. That said, ask your doc....

      Monitor your temp a few times each day. If that goes up, get in to the clinic!

      I went super low one time, and I did a little research.... The number one thing that seems to be most effective is super clean hands. I did live like a monk for about tow days... That was the weekend. I had my child foam his hands frequently....foamed my own frequently...anyone came over - I asked them to foam. Then, I went to work on Monday, and idid the same with my office. Everyone was asked to foam in. And when I taught my class, I asked every student to foam in.

      I am pleased to report that i made it through without picking up anything....

      So, that is all I have. I hope that is helpful. I'm sorry your counts have gone so low. Sucks.


      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Is your oncologist giving you anything to replace blood cells? If you counts are really that low, it could disrupt your chemo therapy. I get a single injection of Neulasta the day after each chemo treatment (once every 3 weeks) and have not had any problems with my WBC.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Suzi's Avatar

      I had the Neulasta after my last chemo (after spending 10 days in quarantine before Christmas with low blood counts the previous time) & it made a HUGE difference! I was able to work almost full time & had another shot yesterday after my 4th chemo on Thursday. I know I will be on the couch today (bone pain) but it is worth it to know that I won't have the same issues with dangerously low blood counts!

      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar


      We have quite a bit in common. Same chemo drugs (TCH) and pretty much same schedule (every 3 weeks. I had my 3rd of 6 this past Wednesday. I get the bone pain a little bit from the Neulasta too, but it's not that bad and only lasts a day or two.

      almost 5 years ago
    • cranburymom's Avatar

      Thanks All!
      I had neulasta - had to as my neutrophils and WBC were critically low. staying home and canceled all social gatherings :-(
      small price to pay, and this is just a temporary restriction (i am telling myself).

      almost 5 years ago
    • junebug0121's Avatar

      I feel like a monk as well.. I have had 4 treatments of CHOP and each time my ANC goes to .2 after about 9-10 days. Then I'm stuck (probably being paranoid) in the house for the next 10 days. I want to get out and shop with my granddaughter and have a social life of some kind. I'm really tired of not seeing anyone but nurses and doctors!! My Onc. doesn't want to do Neulasta, wants my own body to rebuild, but I'm about to be a raving lunatic. I'm 62 with Hodkin's Lymphoma and a 3 year colon cancer survivor... but this is really putting me into a deep depression. I have 2 more treatments left.. so 2 more months. (Pity party here tonight).

      over 2 years ago

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