Saturday marked the end of my first week of chemotherapy. Based on my experience with it in the past I thought I’d have all sorts of horror stories to share, but it went fairly well. Starting Monday night and ending Friday night, I took Zofran at 5:00p and 10:00p, then took the actual chemo drug Temodar right as I was going to bed. The whole week I kept a bucket next to my bed, imagining the worst. But the good news is that I never really felt all that close to throwing up. I guess Zofran was the magic bullet. Or Temodar is easier than the Adriamycin/Cisplatin/Ifosfamide I became so used to when I was 17. Or some combination of the two. Regardless, the worst it got was an occassional bit of upset stomach that lasted a few minutes. Still, I was happy to hop off it after those 5 days.
Today was my first day of bi-weekly Avastin infusions. Like the Temodar, it was pretty easy. As you can see above, it was just like a standard infusion this time, delivered through my arm. (I’ll be looking at whether or not I should get a port-a-cath again to prevent messing up my veins and looking like an addict.) I started at the infusion center at 9:00a and didn’t get out until sometime after noon, but it will get quicker the next few times and eventually will just take about 30 minutes to check my counts and then 30 minutes for the infusion. Again, not bad.
So next steps will be waiting and watching blood counts. With the combination of last week’s chemo and today’s infusion, it’s expected that sometime next week my blood counts will drop. We’ll see what happens!
I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. I look forward to a visit to see family in Omaha.
I also want to send a HUGE thank you to all of you for the kind words, well-wishes, prayers, soups, banana breads, pumpkin breads, egg bakes, tater-tot hot dishes, cupcakes, and ready-to-mix mashed potatoes. For those nights where I’m tired, I’ve not had to worry about what to eat for dinner (or dessert!). So thank you.