I had my usual blood draw today, and then an appointment with Dr. Priya. While my blood counts are good, my potassium and magnesium levels are low. I’m sure it’s due to all the diarrhea I had this week. In addition, my blood pressure was extremely low – 88/61. In order to help with the blood pressure, I need to drink more fluids, but with the low potassium , more fluids can make the potassium even lower. Dr. Priya wants to give my body a few more days to recover, so I won’t be receiving chemo tomorrow. I will go to the infusion center, but to get fluids, potassium and magnesium.
I’ll have a blood draw on Monday, and if all is better, I can have chemo on Tuesday. The delay is disappointing, but in the end, what’s important is my health. The labs and low blood pressure explain why I’ve felt so weak and dizzy, with headaches. So this weekend I need to try to get the diarrhea under control, drink plenty of fluids, and eat well.
Dr. Priya is going to order another breast MRI, to make sure that the chemo is reducing the cancer. Why continue to go through this if the chemo isn’t having an effect? I haven’t been able to feel the lump since the first treatment, though, so it will be interesting to see what the breast MRI will show this time around.
Here’s to hoping I have a better weekend, and that the only delay in getting chemo is until Tuesday.