Happy Tuesday Readers!
It is a happy day isn’t. That is what I woke up telling myself at 5:15am today. Not sure why I was up so early today. Could it be nerves? All the rest I have been getting lately? The 16 pound cat laying on my face? Who knows but I was up. I decided instead of just lying there, that I would get up and get moving. Coffee was made, pets were fed and pills were taken.
I found out what drugs I would be taking for the clinical trail yesterday. Candy, the head clinical trail nurse called me at 5pm last night and told me that I would be getting the “control” drugs, not the trail drug they are testing. To be honest, I was pretty upset. I had built this drug up in my mind and had decided I had to get it. There were tears. Buy like he usually does, My Man talked me down. This is the control drug. One they know works. On they are testing an unproven drug against to see if it works as well as. Looking at it that way made me feel better. Candy telling me that I would be getting the same level of care helped as did my parents telling me their friend who is a doctor saying it was the best sarcoma drug out there did too. There are a lot of emotions swirling around my head and heart at the moment Readers. I do feel for My Man and The Boy who have to put up with living with me!
So what is the cocktail I will be getting? Yes, I said cocktail. I don’t get just one drug, I get two! Taxotere (Docetaxel) and Gemzar (Gemcitabine). Say that five times fast….say that once, I dare you. Here is how it will play out. Today I will go in, have a EKG, get blood drawn and have one dose of Gemzar given to me. I will then go back next Tuesday and be given Gemzar and Taxotere. Week three I stay home and hopefully don’t puke my guts out. Then we begin again! There will be blood drawn, tests given and appointments in between but that is the gist of the thing. Not so bad right? The side effects are the common ones associated with chemo, flu-like symptoms, fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, skin rash poor appetite, low blood counts, mouth sores, hair loss, fluid retention, etc. Sounds fun huh? My partner in chemo crime, Rebecca, will be coming with me today. We are going to compare the Winship Cancer Institute and Georgia Cancer Center and how things are done in their infusion centers. Should be interesting. Next week My Man is going to go with me.
I ordered three new scarves a few weeks ago and they came in the mail yesterday. Love them! I will post the other two soon but I choose to wear this one today.
Have a great Tuesday Readers. I plan too.