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Sayonara Shots!

March 20, 2009

The email of the day goes to my Oncologist Dr. Maloney, who just informed me that last nights Neupogen shot, which increases white blood cells, was my last!  When I have my final round of chemo, we’ll just let my body come back to its levels normally.  Hip-hip-hooray!  Or should I say tummy-tummy-hooray because all 17 were given in my stomach.

3 Down, 1 To Go

March 17, 2009

Well, I had my third infusion on Thursday and for the most part it was a typical day thanks in part to my new premedication. There was no excitement like last time; just a dopey Benadryl haze which I fought back by playing 3 hours of mindless Bubble Breaker on my phone.  And the only slight snafu was in the beginning when my nurse struggled to start my IV, which I have to take the blame because I didn’t hydrate as much as I did the other times, so instead of one needle stick, lucky number three was the magic number for her to finally hit a good vein.   But I have to give the nurses credit for being so good at what they do because even though it’s this crazy needle/tube thing, there’s very little discomfort; just an aftermath of some slight green-blue bruises up and down my arm which could be temporarily mistaken for a heroin addict’s arm.

After Thursday was over I shuffled around for as long as I could and then I finally parked my behind on the couch Saturday morning and I haven’t moved much since. The deep fatigue is so profound that any effort to sitting upright slowly creeps into a bit of a lean, which than morphs back into my body being horizontal on the couch.  The lack of motivation is immense.  This phase feels like an eternity, but I know it’s just one of the stages I have to get through.  And the good news is, each passing day becomes just a little bit sweeter knowing that I only have one more round to endure!

My view for the last 3 days


100 Blessings and 1 Perk

March 8, 2009

This crazy cancer has given me countless blessings which I hope I have conveyed through my blog, and now I’d like to share my one big perk:  my legs and underarms have been baby smooth ever since I shaved 10 days ago; a “chemo perk” that I am thoroughly enjoying!

Chugging Along

March 7, 2009

I’ve been quiet for good reason. I’ve been chugging along, feeling healthy, with the only exception are my midday rests/naps that I try to work into my day, but otherwise I’m very thankful for having a healthy two weeks free of any germs or issues.

Today’s sunshine finally allowed me a chance to get in a good walk; we walked 3 miles on the bike path here in town.  It felt great, although it did take a bit out of me and my afternoon rest turned into 3 hours on the couch, sleeping off and on, but it was worth it.  It’s odd to fatigue so easy.  I always feel like a wimp, but on the flip side I try to give myself some grace because I know my body is healing.

This image has nothing to do with anything recent; I just love it.  The photo was taken (self-timer) in 2007 at these amazing sandstone bluffs at Salt Point.  If you ever want to get away, I highly recommend the camping at Salt Point!  It’s only 2 hours from the Bay Area, but it feels a world away.