Readers! Today was round two of chemo. Once again the wonderful Rebecca A. came with me on my journey. She was at my house at 8am sharp and we headed downtown along with half of the citizens of ATL. I was scheduled to see Dr. Read today. They were running right on time and after my port was opened it wasn’t long before Dr. Read came in to see how I was doing. While driving down to the hospital Rebecca took notes for me about items I wasted to bring up with him. I gave him my list of complaints.
1. Have bump/cyst/thingy on my back by one of my incisions.- He checked this out and have happy to see that when pushed on, it moved around. Tumors don’t usually don’t move. He thinks it may be a cyst caused my the surgery last October. He will have a better idea when the scans are done on the 31st of July. He did say I could get a massage if I wanted to but not for them to push down hard on it.
2. Still having major pain under my right boob/rib/incision areas. The pain is pretty bad, worse in the morning and it has effected my sleep. Sometimes I even find it hard to push down my veg when juicing! -He is not 100% sure this is caused by a tumor. He stated that you usually can’t feel them like that. He thinks it may be a nerve growing back and miss firing signals to the rest of my body. I have to agree with him because I can I know exactly what I was doing the moment it started to hurt. I was in yoga and I had just gone up in a should stand when BAM! Son of a Sweet Pickle!. Like the cyst/bump/thing we should know more after the CT.
3. Sleep. It is hard to do. I have been waking up in the night every night in pain and have been having trouble falling back asleep. My won’t stop racing and I am sad to say I don’t always have the most positive thoughts. But that is to be expected.- Dr. Read, Rebecca and I discussed my pain management. I love how he uses everyday situations to describe things. Todays was Tequila vs Beer! Ha! Anyway, I have two new prescriptions that will hopefully help me get my pain under control and gel me sleep through the night.
After my appointment we went down to the infusion center and I got hooked up. They gave me a Benadryl and dam! That thing knocked me out. I had such a hard time staying awake that I finally gave up and took a nap. My Man wasn’t pulling my leg when he says I snore. Rebecca said I was lightly snoring too! Wonderful. She was able to sit back and do some work and take a test for her continuing education credits. I got home around 2pm so all in all it wasn’t a horrible day.
At this point I feel fine. My white blood cell count was kinda low but not low enough for me not to have the chemo today. It is expected for the count to drop (red blood cells too) while going through chemo but you have to keep an eye on it. I was told to stay away from sick kids and to wash my hands a lot. No licking the floors of bathrooms! I have my barf bucket by my bed just in case it starts to effect the old tummy. I think it will take a few days to hit me if it does this time.
Readers, I hope you are having a nice Thursday and enjoying your summer. It is hot in the ATL but that is the case in the summer down here. More info on 24 Hours of Booty Ride coming soon!