Today was Round #2 of chemo treatment. It was only 4.5 hours long (as compared to over 8 hours last time); in addition to not receiving Perjeta today, the Herceptin was dialed back, from 90 minutes to 30 minutes. Taxotere and Carboplatin were given at the same amounts. I had mild neuropathy in my left hand while receiving Taxotere, but I had flushed less. The neuropathy is gone, as are the flushed cheeks.
I had a blood draw at the end of my infusions to check on my potassium levels, and they’re already back to normal. Dr. K reduced my dose from 40 mg to 20 mg, but wants me to take it for a week. At least I have pills now, but I’ll finish the terrible liquid form first.
I’m feeling very good, normal even. I haven’t had diarrhea since 1 pm yesterday, and while I haven’t had a BM either, at least I feel more like myself. Things could change, obviously, but I’m confident that I’ll sail through this treatment. I’m taking a vacation day tomorrow (assuming I feel okay) to go with my friend Nancy to Stitches West, the knitting convention. Then my sister Chris has a birthday dinner. My weekend is packed full, so I have to believe that all will be well. I’m meeting my friend Chris for breakfast on Saturday (he’s in from Seattle); we have a Stanford Men’s Basketball game at 3:30 and then the Sharks vs. Kings Stadium Series game at Levi’s Stadium at 7 pm. On Sunday, we have a Stanford Women’s Basketball game at 1 pm, then I head off to work to meet the BlackBaud consultants at 3 pm, followed by a dinner. Next week we have a intensive user acceptance testing for our new database, so we’ll be busy. Hopefully all will be well!
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I’ll hope for a most excellent weekend for you, too.
Hello and Warm Greetings— I became aware of your journey and writing through my boyfriend, Karl Otto. I just wanted to say I’ve been following you closely and sending you much energy…thoughts of light and healing and strength and joy. I continue holding you close as I read your entries and am grateful for your courage to be open in vulnerability. That’s the key really, isn’t it? Brené Brown is so right with that one. Anyway…warm arms around you, even from distant strangers who care. -Aaron
Thanks, Aaron, and nice to ‘meet’ you!