I had my last full throttle chemo treatment today. In about 4 weeks, my hair should start to grow back in, I should start getting some energy back, and most of my bodily functions should start returning to normal. I'm so excited I'm giddy! I do still have to take 1 of the drugs (Herceptin) every 3 weeks for the rest of the year, but it does not have the side effects of the 2 drugs I am finished with. It also only takes about 30 minutes to have the Herceptin administered whereas the treatments I've been taking up through today took about 4 hours.
All I can say is WOO HOO!!!!!!!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Last night we had a wonderful pasta party with the team to get ready for the big race complete with petit fours from Shelby Lynn's! Unfortunately, the weather was so bad today we decided to just go eat breakfast instead of actually participating in the race. (I really did not want to catch a cold 2 days before my next treatment!) We still had a great time, and I was reminded once again that I have the greatest friends in the world. Not only did they throw a party for me and bring hats, masks, and special shirts for the race, 3 of my friends came all the way from Little Rock to be here. I am so very blessed!
Thanks and I love you guys!!!
Thanks and I love you guys!!!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
So where have all the female nurses gone? On my last visit to UAMS Friday, I had 4 male nurses, 3 male doctors, and 1 male nursing student. (We were there for 7 hours because no OR was available.) Seriously!!! And, it's not like I'm having knee surgery. You know they have to come in and "mark you" before your surgery. I had my right breast autographed no less than 2 times Friday night by 2 different men. I really don't think this could get more embarrassing. Nothing like having a wound check in a sensitive area by 5 different men in the course of 2 hours. Next time, I'm requesting female nursing staff!
I'm sure you've all heard by now that I had some unanticipated surgery on Friday. I have had a small hole on my right breast that has never healed since my initial surgery. It has never been infected and seemed to be healing very slowly, so I really didn't think too much about it. I had a followup with my plastic surgeon on Thursday, and he seemed to think it was a very big deal. The long and short of it is I had to have surgery on Friday to have the hole closed up. Not only that, but since the hole had been there for so long, the doctor felt like my implant needed to be replaced as well. So, now I'm on my 3rd implant. I'm really hoping this will be the last surgery I have for, oh, say 40 years or so. Anyway, I'm doing well. I have a little pain but nothing major. I'll be going back and forth to Little Rock for a month or so now to have the area checked, but nothing should affect my chemo treatments. I am still scheduled to have my final heavy chemo treatment on Monday. Unless something changes, this should go on as scheduled. All I can say is, it better go on as scheduled. I don't need anything else coming up!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
So, I nearly died Friday night. Apparently the chemo has decided to attack my colon this time around. Suffice it to say, besides the birth of my child, I have never experienced anything so painful in my life. I am feeling much better today; although, I am still a little more weak than usual. I also found out a couple of weeks ago that I am going to have to start working again. My job has been really good to just let me be off, but they have extended me every courtesy they can. I will be trying to get in 20 hours a week but will have a flexible schedule. I hope I'll be able to do it. It's hard enough to make it without working. Please be praying about that. I'm also really looking forward to AYC this weekend and Race for the Cure in 2 weeks. It's nice to have pleasant things to look forward to. It seems to make the time go by faster.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I had my 5th treatment on Monday, so I only have 1 bad treatment left. I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it is really nice! I'm feeling pretty good; although, I am a little tired and worn out. Just keep praying everything continues to go smoothly.