Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Stockings were hung,,,,

...from the IV pole with care, in hopes that red blood cells soon would be there.  Ahh...more Christmas fun!

I had my 5th 8 hour chemotherapy on Tuesday, December 13, which included a bonus round 2 unit blood transfusion. The blood transfusion was a good thing - 4 hours long, but as the chemo deters the growth of new cells it provided a red blood cell boost to carry more oxygen through my system. 

I now have more energy, less light headedness and shortness of breath - it was a good thing. 

One more session of chemo likely the week of January 9 to be followed by a CAT scan and then a determination of what we can do for next steps. Feeling pretty good and getting into the holiday spirit.

Best wishes to all of you!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The 12 Days of Chemo

Things have been quiet of late, but that is only due to the recurring cycle of chemotherapy and rush of the holiday season. Now, not that we aren't taking this seriously, but I thought I might as well share the unusual joys of the season with the family and friends I love - and yes, that's me under the tree!

Sung to the tune of 12 Days of Christmas:

On the first day of Chemo my doctor gave to me:
A drain clogged with falling out hair.

On the second day of Chemo my doctor gave to me:
Anti-nausea pills,
And a drain clogged with falling out hair.

On the third day of...OK, OK, you get the idea, let's cut to the chase and sing with gusto...

On the twelfth day of Chemo my doctor gave to me:
Memory confusion,
3 days of hiccups,
8 hours of I.V.'s,
Skin itching wildly,
Nose running madly,
Breath short and shallow,
Vision soft and fuzzy,


Always feeling cold,
No eyebrows,
Anti-nausea pills,
And a drain clogged with falling out hair!