Today my CD34 was just four. Really, really upsetting.
After we got the results back, Jay and I decided to meet with the nurse coordinator in person. She explained that three million is the MAXIMUM one needs per transplant. Really, a person only needs somewhere between 2 and 3 million cells per transplant. At 7.75 million, I have collected enough for three transplants, and she said I should feel good about what I have collected. However, since I have gone this far with getting all the extra injections, we are going to try one more day to see if we can squeeze out any extra cells. Tomorrow I'll go in at 7 a.m. again for more injections and another blood test. If my CD34 has hit 10, (which I should know by tomorrow afternoon) then I'll collect on Friday. If my CD34 is still low, then it means that the growth factor injections just aren't working for me anymore, and I get to quit. They'll pull the line out of my neck, and then I can go.
I feel like sort of a loser for not hitting the goal of nine. It's like I'm getting an average C when I could be getting an A-plus. I want the extra credit and the smiley face on the top of my paper.