This past week a milestone was reached: The 12th infusion of chemo. That was the last round of getting two chemo drugs—Taxol and Herceptin. Starting this coming Tuesday, I will start on the next phase of chemo with just Herceptin. Not nearly, if any, as many side effects. As Mary, my chemo nurse said, the tough part of chemo is done.
As I’ve said, the main side effect I’ve experienced is fatigue—which is in full force this weekend. Other side effects are neuropathy (tingling in fingers and toes), dry mouth (but not bad), and once in awhile, slight bleeding when I blow my nose—but that’s kept under control with nose spray. Also “brain fuzziness.” The best way I can describe it is it feels like when I first wake up from a long nap—the first few minutes when I feel groggy.
No nausea— I think part of that is just plain luck. I have a “cast iron stomach.” :-). I’ve never had to take Tums or Alka-Seltzer, etc. Part of it is also that I followed the directions as far as hydration—and I keep track of how much I drink. What with the fuzziness in thinking, I forget how much I’ve had —so I have to write it down.
I met with my surgeon the day after chemo and the lumpectomy/tooth extraction has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 30th—Lisa and I have to be at the hospital at 5:30 A.M. :-). This is good—I’m first on the schedule. When I had the port put in, I was scheduled for 10:00, but there were a couple of emergencies ahead of me—so it wasn’t done until the afternoon. Much better to get it done with early in the day..
Lisa will arrive late in the day on Sunday, the 28th, the next day is pre-op and then surgery. I’m so glad to get everything done early in the week, so the rest of the week, while Lisa is here, there isn’t a whole bunch we have to get done.
After surgery, the plan is for chemo with just the Herceptin to continue every three weeks for the next year. That fits in well with plans to move to Seattle. I was already planning on moving next spring. Radiation will start four weeks after surgery—and that will be for six weeks, five days per week.
That’s about if for this week. I wish “Happy Holidays” to all my family and friends who are celebrating Passover and Easter.