Today was a chemo day. My coworker Shawna came with me to my appointment and we were so busy chatting that I didn’t get a chance to write my post for the day. Thanks Shawna!
I did have a doctor visit today. Since I’ve been on Halaven for about three months, I’ll be getting a PET scan next week to see how the drug is working. The decreasing tumor markers suggest that it is working well, but the scan is a definitive result. On the plus side, I don’t have to drink anything nasty for the PET scan like the CT scan, but I do have to get an injection of radioactive sugar in my hand. I really hate getting needles in my hand – it is the most painful spot.
We talked a bit about my hip and the physical therapy. I’ve been going to therapy for about three weeks now, twice a week. The therapy itself makes me quite tired and we aren’t sure whether I have seen any benefit yet or whether I will get any benefit from it in the future. For sure my range of motion is still quite limited; it’s really hard to put a sock on my left foot. So Dr. T recommended I take a one week break from therapy to see if I notice any difference. This Sunday I will be attempting to walk a mile for the Steeplechase 5K, so that will be a good test for me. Let’s hope Mike doesn’t have to carry me back to the car.
My white blood cell count improved since last week as did my hemoglobin and hematocrit (which measure anemia). So good news there.
I also had a surprise delivery yesterday while I was at work. My friend Cheryl made me a baked potato dinner with broccoli, cheese, peppers, scallions, bacos (yes, they are vegetarian, check the label), and sour cream. It was a perfect night-of-chemo dinner, nice and simple. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more, me, or Mike because he didn’t have to cook. Thanks Cheryl!