Yesterday was my very last chemo infusion! WOOHOO! I'm so thankful to have them behind me and that it went smoothly. Originally I was supposed to have it done on July 2nd (last Thursday); however, we postponed it due to a spinal headache.
On June 29th I had my last methotrexate injection into my spine. The procedure went well, and I laid flat for the following 24+ hours. But I did develop a spinal headache where every time that I sat up my headache would get worse and when I would lay down it would get better. As planned I showed up for my chemo infusion on July 2nd, but I was pretty uncomfortable and not able to lay flat to have the headache diminish. My doctor agreed to delay chemo and order a blood patch, which is similar to an epidural. They place a needle into the same space that an epidural would be give, draw 15-20 cc of your blood and then inject it into your back. After the methotrexate injection, I either did not develop a clot or had a partial clot where they had injected the methotrexate. By injecting my blood into my back, my body had the raw components to build a new clot. Thank God, it worked well! When they had me sit up for the procedure I could feel the headache getting worse, but by the end of the procedure I didn't have any headache! Praise Jesus!
So now that I have completed my last chemo infusion and methotrexate injection, what is next? After completing the 3 week chemo cycle, I will get another PET scan. If things still look clear, then I will have my port surgically removed. For the following year I will get a PET scan, blood work and visit the doctor quarterly. Year 2 of remission I will get a PET scan, blood work and visit the doctor twice. After that I will have the same work up annually.
Prayer Requests -
- Thank God for His mercy and kindness to me as I have gone through this whole process. I have had minimal side effects and am in remission!
- Thank God that my last chemo infusion and methotrexate injection are behind me!
- Thank God that the blood patch worked and my spinal headache went away!
- Thank God for the wonderful family, friends, coworkers and medical team that have supported, loved, cared and prayed for me throughout this whole process!
- Pray that my remaining chemo cycle will go well.
- Pray that I never have any type of cancer ever again!
Thank you for caring, supporting and praying for me throughout this journey!