Had infusion #6 today – the last one with chemo in it.
Gave gifts to my nurses Sarah and Kristy – and my oncology doctor. Big, beautiful beach bags from Vera Bradley Foundation, that support breast cancer research. They loved them.
Couple of key items learned today. I’m low on potassium. Became dehydrated from all the ‘rea in my last few weeks, so I also failed my 24 hour urine test. We ended up using dosage numbers from round 5 to get by today. They gave me a potassium supplement to up my numbers. I’m still borderline anemic. 8.5. Anemic is 8.0. Keeping on eye on the fatigue and laying low/staying in for the next few weeks until the surgery date to avoid exposure or infection. And on the future treatment front, we are going to be talking about removing my ovaries. Since my cancer is Estrogen positive, removing all estrogen production is in my favor. If I choose not to do that, it sounds like there’s a shot in the stomach once-a-month in my future.
If you’re keeping score at home, that means I’ll have: 1 infusion every 3 weeks, 1 oral drug everyday – for ten years I confirmed today – and this shot in the stomach to cease estrogen production once a month – this may also be a 10 year gig, was a bit shocked by this news, and didn’t ask more questions.
Miss Martha was kind enough to stay with me all day today. We had a lovely brunch from Au Bon Pain and lots of laughs while I was infused with benedryl. Nurse Kristy looked a bit like the cheshire cat from alice in wonderland, with a brief transformation to golum, my precious. I think I better stay clear of the medical marijuana. I don’t think I’m cut out for these things. I was, I will admit, entertaining myself.
No reactions today. Only the giggles. Infusion was flawless on all counts. We got out of there in record time. I did not ring the CHEMO BELL. Was too happy to be out of the chair. But will do it when all the infusions end. Still lots to do, but chapter one is now closed.
Next week is the MRI and pre-op meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. We’ll learn how well I responded to the chemo, find any / all lymphnodes and further flush out how the day of surgery will play out.
Ocho love arrived yesterday from Miss Carm – a Reflexology appointment and some other goodies. I wore her bracelets to treatment today to bring her along with me. Love you, your honor.
And a HUGE shout out to the dynamic trio I’m fortunate to work with. Completely outdid themselves and it looks divine. Thankful my chemo will force me to move slowly through this big box of love. Thank you A.N., B.D. and M.C. I will put it to good use celebrating milestones!