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!