Well it was bound to happen. After a long string of normal readings the doctor put me on quarterly visits versus monthly. As documented, I had one relapse/episode about a month ago. I largely attributed it to my consumption of alcoholic beverages. With a scheduled doctor visit for Monday, about Thursday evening I started to feel the symptoms. Working the weekend didn’t help but by Sunday evening I was getting a little concerned. With my buddy it is even more complicated, not only can’t I just come home and crash but I worry about him and what happens if. By the time I left for the trek to Cleveland I was pretty sure I was going to be admitted. When the doctor entered the room it was pretty obvious that the labs indicated a problem. The red count was good but the white cells were substantially lower. There was a thought of hooking me up to the IV but they decided to put me on some heavier anti-biotic and made arrangements for me to see a blood disorder specialist.
On the upside, I knew something was wrong and I was concerned but I am still trying to determine what is a cold and what could be more prolonged.