Today starts my sixth chemo treatment…theoretically half-way done! I say theoretically because, once again, we’re not doing the Oxaliplatin, which means there’s the possibility of having to extend treatments to make up for missed doses. But, even if I do go back on the nasty stuff, it’s probably going to be at a reduced dose because of the neuropathy symptoms that I’ve been having.
The Link of Hope for today is from Psalm 103: 2-4, which says:
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
And of course the Vonk boys have a great link for me!
So, here’s the play-by-play for today. As I mentioned above, no Oxaliplatin this round, so I’ll spend less time at the treatment center. I honestly believe that God gave me the pyoderma wound to provide a good reason to not have the Oxaliplatin, knowing how nasty that drug is.
11:20AM : All hooked up to the pump, heading out the door! I love these super short sessions without the Oxaliplatin!
11:00AM : IV done, time for the 5FU push and then connected to my nemesis, The Pump!
10:50AM : FaceTime session with the Mason’s in Orlando. They found a Ghirardelli Chocolate place and were virtually sharing their ice cream with us!
9:30AM: Started my ninety minute Leucovorin IV drip. That’ll take me to 11AM, at which time I’ll get my pump. That pump is my nemesis!
9:00AM : Went back to the treatment area and got comfortable. Started my Sodium Chrloride IV.
8:20AM : Met with Karen, Dr. Rosenberg’s PA. Told her about all the little things that have been going on the past two weeks – the neuropathy-like sore throat, the increased cold sensitivity in my hands, the balance issue I’ve been experiencing from time to time, the crazy painful tongue stuff, and the fog my brain seems to constantly be in. Taking all that into consideration, she and Dr. Rosenberg feel that when I do go back to the Oxaliplatin, it’ll probably be a 75% or 50% dose. Should be interesting! Oh yeah…it also appears I have Thrush again! I thought that was just for little kids!
8:10AM : Got my vitals taken and my blood drawn:
8:00AM : Arrive at Arizona Oncology and signed in.