Dr T was working on trying to get me into a trial, but over the last few days I’ve been feeling sick. Today I decided it was time to come in for a doctors visit. I have had swelling in my legs, abdomen, and one of arms. Also pain in my abdomen, hips, lower back, shoulder, and legs. I have been managing OK with 3 pain pills a day, but today the abdominal swelling was making it hard to breath deeply. Dr T said I have ascites, a kind of abdominal swelling caused by liver problems. One of the medical assistants thought I was pregnant and I gained 4 pounds of water weight. Dr T was also concerned with my breathing. She said we can’t wait for the trial. I am getting chemo right now, a combo of carboplatin and taxol. Most common side effects are low blood counts, fatigue, and hair loss. My premeds are 2 nausea drugs Emend and Aloxi, Benadryl, Pepcid, and Decadron (a steroid). I am feeling ok and really glad I decided to come in today.
Started a new chemo combo today June 11, 2014