Does anyone have any suggestion on how to stay calm when going to see their onc? I've gotten used to giving blood but I am always a mess afterwards when I have to have my vitals taken and before I get my results. My blood pressure and pulse are often significantly higher than normal. I can feel the anxiety as I anticipate what the lab results will show. If they took my blood pressure after getting the results I am sure the numbers would be a lot lower. They last 2 times I went they made me come back 30 minutes later and retake my blood pressure. Three weeks ago it went down but this morning it actually got even higher. People talk about white coat syndrome, but I am starting to get tired of the nurse taking my blood pressure looking at me like I am crazy. and just suggesting to stay "Stay Calm."
Interestingly, when I was going for weekly labs my anxiety was not too bad. It has only been recently when my trips are more infrequent that I have been more anxious.
The thing is am actually doing well in terms of conquering CML. Been on Tasigna since April 25th and achieved CHR within a month and have stayed there since. Hemoglobin and RBC getting even stronger as the weeks go by. PB Fish after 4 weeks went from 99.5% down to 66%. I'll have my 3 month checkup at the end of July where I will get another BMA. So I am doing well but just can't seem to relax when I get tested.