It´s three days out since my last treatment and I gotta tell you… I am EXHAUSTED! I´m guessing this is the cumulative effect of the chemo, but all of my energy seems to have been sapped away this time. The treatment went pretty similar to the other times, but it took a lot longer. My doctor was out of town this week so I was somebody else´s patient, and everything just seemed to go a lot slower. There is nothing worse than waiting around in a hospital after your treatment is done. It´s as painful as watching paint dry. I thought poor Jon was going to jump out of his skin. On the plus side, though, the nurses were more aware of my body´s reaction to the taxotere and had some preventative measures in place so that I didn´t pass out. In addition to all of the anti-nausea drugs, they also gave me three different anti-histamines and decided to drip the chemo drug in for three hours instead of two. It seemed to work better although I could still feel my body straining against the poison. Sucking on a delicious Fox´s Mint (Thanks, Leah!) definitely helped cut down on the metallic taste of the medicine.
The after-care from this round was a bit more intense than the previous times. In addition to three different anti-nausea pills that I take twice daily, I also had to go in to the clinic the day after for a shot to keep my white blood cells up. It´s really important that I stay healthy and don´t get an infection, so I´m hoping that Jon´s kindergartners don´t pass on some hideous virus. Actually, I am wondering if the shot is actually what is making my body so sore though, because man oh man- I can barely hold my head up or turn my neck. Luckily I´m still not nauseous but my entire body aches. I think I could have run a marathon or two and not have muscles this sore. Very strange.
Regardless, it is a beautiful day out: I´m so glad it´s summer and the garden is in full bloom. I have lots of TV shows available on my Hulu Plus and some online Christmas shopping to attend to. Best of all, I have two adorable doggie-dos who are content to nap the day away with me on my couch. Chingy is such a good cuddler and this couch is so comfy. The three of us are quite the scene right now! Well, sorry for the rather insignificant post, but I thought it best to keep you updated. Good luck with all of the crazy pre-holiday schedules. We have quite a busy week ahead of us next week so I need to save up my energy. Ciao.