Chemo starts Thursday, January 12 @ 8:30am. The HER2 test was positive. As with this whole canzer-thingy, everything is happening very fast. I do like Dr. Esther. She’s a hugger too.
Jan 5 – Chemo “class” a 1 hour orientation
· Provide an overview of chemotherapy
· Review side effects and how to manage them at home
· Introduce you to our multidisciplinary team
The welcome packet provided has the same forms that I’ve filled out twice before at other “team” offices. *sigh*
Jan 5 – Power Port Placement, not to be confused with PowerPoint
After “class”, this will be next on our agenda. We should be able to have a bite to eat between these two schedules. I knew my tiny veins would be an issue, hence the port.
Jan 10 – Echo
Important to know the health of my heart due to one of the medicines in my cocktail.
Jan 12 – 1st Chemo treatment @ 8:30am
Prayers are welcome at this date & time
Cocktail: Taxatere, Carboplatin, Herceptin
Side effects: loss of hair by 3rd week, fatigue, lower blood count (risk of infection, anemia), nausea, vomiting, neuropathy, mouth sores, nail changes, constipation, diarrhea
How am I doing?
· Information overload – received tons more today
· Accepting the fact that I’m gonna look funny bald
· Decided that the hat & scarves are more my thing than wigs
· Pain level from 0-10 …. Right now a 5
· Feel brave? Somewhat
· Tad scared? Somewhat
|At the Gorge|
As my cousin said, the sooner I get started, the sooner I’ll get done.
That’s the plan ~
I know this post is kinda cryptic tonight. Witty words are really not coming to mind. But, believe it or not, I am okay. I don’t really want to sit around and be a cry-baby. Did once at Doc Esther’s office. She gave me permission to be “a wimp” and not feel as if I have to be so strong all the time.
So for now, I’ll keep Living in the Moment.