Thinking about my various lab results (bloodwork done every chemo day), I was wondering if there were patterns between Week 1 and Week 2 that I wasn’t seeing, or patterns that would explain the bouncing of my red blood cell count. It didn’t seem predictable at all, though I would have predicted something like: best on Week 1 (after 2 weeks without chemo) and worse on Week 2 (only 1 week after a dose of chemo). But then blood cells have their own life cycle. So I wanted to see if anything made sense. AND our mathematician friends were visiting. The result: some amusing geeking out in Excel and then Google Charts at the dining table, and this:
WBC=white blood cell count, RBC=red blood cell count, HGB=hemoglobin, AST & ALT are liver enzymes. Values for Week 1 and Week 2 of the chemo cycle are shown in matching pairs of colors–bright and lighter. (Values were normalized so they would all show nicely on the same graph.) Pretty, huh? Next it would be fun to graph them all in relation to their normal values, somehow.