Saturday, November 27, 2010

third chemo done

I had my third chemo yesterday and it all went okay with a few little delays here and there. it just took a very long time because the alamosa lab sent the wrong report and they had to be called to send the right one. i was at the hosp early at 7 and didn't walk out till after 4. all the nurses have been great. neulasta shot today at about 4 and then onward to home. this is now the halfway point thru chemo tx. maybe i shouldn't say halfway till i am done with the nadir this coming week. looking at mastectomy surgery being done sometime around the first week of march if all the chemos get done on schedule, and that all depends on having good lab works come back. so far so good. home again, home again this afternoon. bob and carol are bringing lunch tomorrow after church and i am looking forward to the visit and the food. we had a great thanksgiving with doug and wendy, at kevin and danielle's house. she cooked her very first turkey and it turned out beautifully. kayla and paul and i made a stuffed pumpkin to bring along. she got the recipe off of the npr website and that turned out so well too. after we were done with dinner we ran up to see rick and caryl in loveland and had pumpkin cheesecake and pecan pie. pretty sure i didn't lose any weight this week! hope you all had a nice thanksgiving and thanks once again for your thoughts and prayers!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Round 3 coming up

Round 3 of chemo will be the day after Thanksgiving, and that's the half way point for the chemo. So far I have tolerated it fairly well with just a few side effects. One rather annoying one is that I get a rash on my cheeks, and we are talking bright red...a butterfly rash, and it itches. Nothing I seem to do for it helps it go away or stop itching. I guess that is less worse than having nausea, so I will deal with it and live with it. Thanksgiving this year will be at Kevin and Danielle's house, and we also plan to visit Rick and Caryl since they are only an hour away from Denver. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone. Josh is staying home because his room mate is cooking dinner, so his job will be to hold down the fort. It looks like the weather will be cooperative, we can go between storms. I feel grateful for so many things. My husband, Family, friends, church family, and feeling rather well most of the time, my doctors. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Round 2

I had my second chemo yesterday and though it took a long time (8 hours at the hosp) it all went fine. The nurse that I had this time decided to run everything more slowly than the last time. The visit that I had with my doc beforehand went well; he was pleased with everything except for one thing. This is unrelated to the breast cancer in any way, but he found a non malignant tumor on my pituitary gland on my brain mri that will have to be looked at further. If it grows it can eventually affect your peripheral vision. Paul sees this occasionally at his practice and people go to have them removed and all is well. Sometimes they just watch them and do nothing. So, I had some blood tests yesterday to find out what's going on with it. Whichever it is, nothing will happen with it until the chemo, surg, radiation is all done with, and Paul can monitor it at the office with visual field tests. Somewhere along the way there will be a visit with a neurosurgeon. Just one more unexpected bend in the road. I had a very nice visit with a good friend, Marie Silverstein, at the hosp yesterday. She is as good as any nurse holding my hand, taking care of me, giving me a facial, giving me some awesome Arbonne products and advice on detoxing after the chemo is all done with. Thanks Marie, I loved your visit!