Friday, November 21, 2008

Hanging in there

I had my last A/C Wed. I'm the normal tired, fatigued and depressed two days later. I've got the constipation under control. I take colace 2 days before, the day of and as many days after as I need to, it helps soooooo much. I hate the puffiness the few days after chemo and I always gain like 5 lbs. within 2 days. But, I get another MRI Dec. 1st and if the tumors are still shrinking we will start Paclitaxel. 4 rounds every other Wed. starting Dec. 3. There are less side effects with that. If the tumors have stopped shrinking we will discuss which surgery I will need. Then finish the chemo. I can't think that far ahead, but I have been reading about mastectomies and reconstructive surgery. I am not looking forward to that. I just keep thinking the sooner it gets here the sooner it will be over. I know I'm doing better than most on this chemo. I just had a house full of sick people. First, my niece, then Chad, then Brady. He missed 3 days of school. Chad missed 4 days of work spread out in 2 weeks. He had it, was better, then got it again. Stomach flu. Braiden and I were the only ones that didn't get it. Thank God. I sanitized everything all day long. Washed hands constantly, bleached bathrooms daily, kept hand sanitizer in every room. Wore a mask when I was in close contact with the sick. I think it's gone. Knock in wood. I'm just glad that I wasn't feeling bad (from chemo) it hit in the second week, so I usually feel pretty good during my second week. Usually. Last time I had headaches more in the second week. I am drinking more caffeine now. I tried to quit when I started chemo. The headaches were too much. My onc. said maybe this wasn't a good time to quit caffeine. I limited it, but can't go cold turkey. It's ok. I read somewhere you shouldn't drink caffeine during chemo. Wrong. Be careful what you read. You just shouldn't count it as your daily water, which you also need. I already know that from Weight Watchers. Anyway, I just wanted to check in with all of you. I will update after my MRI. I feel good about it. I will know at my next Onc. appointment Dec. 3.
God Bless you all who visit me. Thank you

4 comments:

Kay @ The Rustic Cottage said...

So glad to read a post from you! I'm glad that you're not feeling as bad from this treatment. I continue to pray for you daily.

Hugs and love,
Kay

Living Life with a Joyful Heart said...

Hi I am new to blogging, I guess I am what you would call a blogger staker zi love to read everybodies blogs(lol).Why I am writing to you is because God keeps putting blogs in front of me of women that have breast cancer. I am a breast cancer survivor of 1yr, this time last year I was going thru chemo too.Just remember to take everyday one day at atime sometimes even one minute at a time.Things will get better,the fatigue will leave in time (im starting to feel like my old self again)remember to take care of you first.What got me thru it was knowing that God would not give me any trial I could not handle even tho there were days when I thought I couldnot handle any more and I wanted to quite chemo,my friends, if they ask how can they help,let them and of course my family. I hope Im not being to forward in writing to you.
If you need anything or just need a sounding board with the frustration please write.
you will be in my prayers

mary

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Hi, Stacy! Glad to read that you are doing ok through the chemo treatments and that you didn't get sick. The chemo I'm getting for mine is rough. Plus, a lot of people say the Neulasta shot I get the day after also makes people very sick. It did seem, though, that this last one I got was not as bad as the others, perhaps because he took me off the steroids. I have one more, then we discuss surgery, too. I dread it. I was more ready to have it first than I am now.

I'll be praying your scans show a LOT of shrinkage! I can't believe we are going through this together!!!

Cora

Oma aka Meme said...

I am so glad that this time was a little better for you - and will be praying for you on your next appointment- you are doing well and your spirit is a blessing to me
Take care of those buggies _ I put signs up in the bathroom and kitchen to remind folks to wash their hands- papa was blessed to never caught any bugs while on chemo and his friends made sure they were healthy before coming- it is harder with little ones plus they need their hugs and kisses - our grands needed papa so much and they learned right away that they could help papa get better in those little ways
huggles me--Meme