Monday, February 21, 2011

chemo two (or, I didn't faint)

as in, I almost did (it was on Monday). the nurse couldn't get the IV in my hand-vein, but it took about 8 pushes to determine that, so I was a bit woozy. a bit of a recline and a half-sandwich later, I was ready to roll, and it was easy peasy. since she had to go up to my inner elbow (or whatever that's called), I couldn't really knit, so I watched a movie on the iPad that Hali's colleagues bought for me!!!

the chemo and the day itself are really no big whoop -- they place the IV, draw blood to make sure my white blood cells and I don't know what else are doing ok, then the mix up my brew of chemicals in the basement (ok, pharmacy), and in they go. proceeded by a potent combination of godblessthem anti-nausea meds. I feel fine that day and the next, and then I slide slowly downhill for a couple of days. achey today, but headed to work like yesterday.

tomorrow, I'll likely stay home, as the achey feeling is now getting compounded by a less-desired cancer present; it seems that my hair is falling out. a few yesterday at a time, a few more at a time (downstairs too!), and I think today might have been my last hairwashing, as I think tomorrow I will feel flu-ish and not take a shower, and then if it seems like it's coming out faster by tomorrow, we'll do the big baldy shave tomorrow night. it's a hard step, not helped by the fact that my scalp is likely so white it's grey...

and then I will look like a major religious gal, with my old hair back on and a hat all the time. we are planning to have dinner with friends tonight, so I asked Hali to bring a camera to document this point in the process -- I have really really like the lighter, somewhat sassy feeling of having the ubershort hair. (it's not a great pic, so imagine that in better lighting and with a better outfit, it's fabulous.) I think that by the time we go on vacation (where nobody will see me! why would I care? I guess for the milestone, something to look forward to), I might look sassy again.

meanwhile, we are doing great -- the meals that friends have made for us are beautiful and delicious and have included an occasional bottle of wine, hearty soups and gorgeous salads and all manner of other things...so grateful.

7 comments:

pugmama said...

Hi, I just happened upon your blog. I hope you are doing well with your treatment.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I just found your blog through another. I hope you are feeling as good as possible. I was diagnosed with a rare cancer (that luckily is very 'treatable') and went through chemo last year. I also have a toddler and a female partner and live near Boston so wanted to give a shout out of support and say hi and all that. My email is Sj36988@yahoo.com if you ever want to be in contact. One of my friends who had breast cancer avoided talking to anyone else with cancer bc it made her depressed so zero pressure. Do whatever takes care of you. And I wish you health health and health.

reproducinggenius said...

It has been so long since I have checked in with your blog or the IVP that I had no idea. I imagine you are through most of the treatments by now, and I hope you are doing well. Sending thoughts of wellness your way.

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