Archive for November, 2012

Chemo Treatment #7

Wed Oct 31- 2012 Chemo #7

Session 7… you’d think counting down now would be easier than counting up…I don’t know… I had difficulty going in for session 7. I just didn’t want to do it any more.

I had had a weird week leading up to chemo day. Let me say that as much as I hate the Oxalypatin I think I hate the Avastin more.  The Wednesday of my good week I had a sore reddish area on my lower right leg. I suspected a clot, especially since that is one of the issues they watch out for with the Avastin. I called the onc’s office the next day and they got me in to have a doppler ultrasound of the blood flow in my leg.  Yep, it was a superficial clot in the lower leg. I went up to see Daisy real quick after the lab visit and she said we can handle it with heat, elevation, and ibuprofen.

I started work again on the 22nd. My good week before session 7. It seemed to go fine. A six hour day is not too bad. Chemo week I did two eight hour days on Monday and Tuesday. I was planning on going in on Thursday also but as you’ll see, I didn’t make it. /sigh

On to my next problem with Avastin. It has my bp spiking and this is causing some hellacious headaches.  The day of my chemo my bp was 162/98 first thing in the morning and I woke up with a headache. I’m now on hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic for high blood pressure. One more pill to add to my daily regimen.

Couldn’t draw from my port again this session so I had the arm stick. My WBC was low but not low enough yet to need the evil Neulasta.

I think I slept almost the entire session on Wed. I usually get a chance to read some or to watch a movie but eh… hope I didn’t snore.

Thursday is normally a decent day for me but I had such a headache again I couldn’t go in to work. Normally Saturday is my bad day after chemo. Last session it was Friday. This session it was Thursday… Friday… Saturday AND Sunday. Could have been Monday too but I went to work anyway. I spent 4 days basically lying around in bed napping and watching tv. Headache, mild nausea, and just general fatigue.  I KNOW that there are people who have it much worse than I do on chemo. How do they do it? I’m in awe.

Still have the cold sensitivity and some numbish feelings in my fingertips and lips of all places….

Tuesday I woke up feeling so much better. The rest of my third week of work went much better, it helps that I have great co-workers who look out for me.

Friday I got to babysit ( 😀 ) and then went out to dinner with son and daughter in law.

Five more… Five more…Five more… /sigh

~~ Gayla

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