I have been very curious about severe Neutrophil suppression and why I have had no symptoms of infection except for sores in my mouth. And as I suspected - it turns out our saliva contains a ton of Neutrophils. Makes perfect sense. Dry mouth = infection of the mouth (i.e. sores). Naturally moist mouth = infection free mouth (under normal neutrophils).
I have noticed that when my Neutrophil levels are high - my mouth waters very normally, and I have no sores and I have no dry mouth over night. As my neutrophils dropped, the first indicator was my mouth getting dry first ... followed by mouth ulcers (very painful). I reported in another post that my Neutrophils are still dangerously low, but just yesterday I noticed that my mouth is "watering" more and the few sores remaining have healed up. This is no MY indication for low neutrophils in lieu of a blood test. I don't have to wait until they test me to know. I thought others in this forum would find this useful (see above article).
Our saliva will ususally show Netrophil decrease or increase before our perhipheral blood does. This is useful information.
p.s. the battle going on in the "Hijack" thread is great reading.