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