Before starting treatment yesterday I met with the nurse practitioner. We talked through what my side effects had been after the first treatment and then she examined me. As for the lymph nodes we could feel before there has been a significant change. Yay! Then she tried to find my spleen, which used to be VERY easy to find because it was so enlarged. She found it, but it is much smaller. The first words out of my mouth were, “Can I go running?” I think she thought I was crazy. The answer to this question is still up for debate, but maybe I’ll be able to jog around my neighborhood by next month.
The next piece of good news is that my blood counts were great before I started treatment. Remember when I mentioned the possible need of a blood transfusion, well the iron supplements I’m now taking has boosted those numbers and I haven’t heard that mentioned lately. Go God! Here are some more praises:
• Yesterday and today I took my steroids and didn’t feel sick. Praise!
• I made it through the chemo without feeling like my throat was closing up or having shortness of breath. Praise!
• I didn’t get sick during chemo treatment. Praise!
• I am getting rest and don’t feel as bad as the last round. Praise!
• I enjoyed a trip to Barnes and Noble before going to the doctor this afternoon for a shot that increases my white blood cell count. Praise!
Last night I did feel nauseous and got sick once, but at least I’m consistent. I think I felt the same way and got sick at almost the same time after the first chemo. ha! After that I felt so much better, got a decent amount of sleep and woke up hungry (surprise, surprise).
meet R2D2 and my chemo recliner
Here is the link to this video post about my chemo room. The footage is a little bumpy, just so you can get the nauseous effect *smile*
Sounds like I have to wait until at least after four chemos before I get another scan. I’ll keep you posted on that. I believe my fourth chemo will be May 25.
April 21 -blood test
May 4 – third chemo treatment
May 25 – potential fourth chemo treatment
Right now I’m feeling good! What happened the last time is that this evening I started having a sore throat and sores in my mouth which made it hard to eat some things, but this time I have medicine if that begins to happen. Thank you for all of your prayers! I can definitely feel them.
Have a great day!