Today was my third and final medical appointment of the week: surgery to remove my port, since I don’t need it anymore! I scheduled the surgery for 9am, because you can’t eat or drink (not even water) after midnight, so the sooner the better. What I did not realize was that that meant we had… Continue reading No More Port!
Last week I treated myself to a shopping spree at the Village Hat Shop in Hillcrest. I decided I wanted to find myself some fancy hats for the holidays. Although I’ve had my final chemo infusion, I’m expecting to be bald for a while – based on what I’ve heard anecdotally, I’m guessing that my hair… Continue reading Hat Shopping
After each chemotherapy session, I was given a drug called Neulasta. The drug works to boost the white blood cell count, and it seemed to work really well; at each of my chemo sessions, they did a blood test and my WBC counts were always above the normal range. Initially I was careful about contagion and… Continue reading CAUTION!! HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL!
I have not posted in a while because it’s been fairly uneventful here in cancerville; yet pretty hectic in Santaville. Making my list and checking it twice. Usually at Christmastime I clean out the kids’ playroom (aka our family room) to make room for new toys, and to make it so that people can actually use the… Continue reading Achoo.
After a few days of sleeping, I seem to be coming out of it a bit. But as predicted, round six was (is) a doozie. I know I’ve complained about this before but the mind-numbing boredom during the days immediately following chemo is the most depressing part. Not the hardest part – the actual feeling… Continue reading Bored of Boredom
Today, on my last infusion day, I’ve decided to keep a play-by-play of the day. Here goes. 5:00am – Woke up with enough time to get outside. Got up, brushed teeth, bundled up (45 degrees out there, and damp from recent rains), remembered to get a ratty towel from the linen closet. Headed out for… Continue reading A Day In The Life
Today the log sheets came back out, and the hated Decadron has started, for the last time. On Tuesday I will have my sixth and final chemo infusion. This is certainly a cause for celebration, and I’m doing my best to look forward to it. But of course, the infusion day is the start of the… Continue reading The Beginning of the End
At my very first visit with Dr. Cancer, she told me that of all the potential lifestyle factors that cause cancer (besides the big ones like smoking and maintaining a healthy weight), there is good evidence that drinking alcohol is one of them. Even the standard recommendation of one drink per day is too high. Certainly I… Continue reading A Toast to Thanksgiving
Quick housekeeping update: I’ve noticed that my Perk-o-Meter page had gotten pretty long, so I’ve added an Executive Summary. Now when I find someone I have not told about my fun new hobby, they can get the quick & dirty without slogging through the whole page. You’re welcome. Here’s the ES as of today, but… Continue reading Executive Summary