The thing is, the way he's acting this afternoon, he's better than when his bloodcount was much higher at 32 on Tuesday morning. Moves around more. Ears and eyes alert, head popping up at interesting events. Performing his Evil Overlord job of barking from his bed at a perceived noise outside, which sets his dark minion Jake off on a tirade. Scratching normally. Cleaning his wet feet normally. Yawning normally. Even half rolled over onto his back after my afternoon nap to let me rub his tummy, although it didn't turn into a full Upsidedown Dog. Doesn't get up immediately, but fairly soon follows me from room to room and lies somewhere near me instead of just slumping on his bed the whole time.
I think he looks better than he did this morning. And I don't think I'm grasping at straws. It's only 6 hours after his blood test.