Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Taxol 2 and Herceptin 3

I had my 2nd Taxol infusion yesterday.  We were at the hospital 7 hours!  It wouldn't have been quite that long, but my onc was about 45 min. late.  We don't mind though.  He is so good with his patients, and if he's running late its because someone needed him.  I think he was with a guy newly diagnosed with lung cancer.  The new ones always have that "deer in the headlights" look.  I feel so bad for them.
The Benedryl really hit me hard yesterday.  Not long after the infusion started I started feeling woozy and alittle nauseated--sort of like motion sickness.  I got better after a while though.  My nurse, Andrea, said next time I'll only need half the dose, and she'll slow it down so I won't have that reaction again.  I think I might ask the doc if I can cut back on my steroid also.  I was up all night last night.  I took and Ambien at 11, and again at 3am.  I dozed off and on, but I don't think I ever really fell completely asleep.  Can't nap either--Brennan is coming over!  Alyssa will be here to help though.  She's coming to help me watch him tomorrow too, which is good, because the bone pain might start tomorrow and I might have to take Percocet.
My onc told me to start the Percocet at the first sign of pain, and he gave me a refill.  One thing you learn about pain--its always best to stay ahead of it!
My Hemoglobin is slowly going back up.  It was 10.2 this time.  I think the lowest it got at my last Ac treatment was 9.2.  And my platelets are fine also.  Today I will go to the hospital to get my Neulasta shot. This will keep my white blood cells from dropping too low.
I have nice, bright red cheeks, thanks to the steroids!  The nurses call it the steroid flush!  Makes my cheeks feel really warm.
I'm SOOOO thankful I have had no nausea so far!  I pray it stays that way.  I still haven't had any nausea or anxiety going to get chemo.  God completely took that away from me!  I tried to deal with it on my own, but couldn't.  I should've known better!  I need to rely on God--He has control, not me!!  A friend at church reminded me that God tells us when we go through the fire, we will not be consumed, and when we pass through the waters He will be there.  Not if, WHEN.  We will have trials and troubles, but God is there to help us through!
Well, time for me to leave to get my shot!
Love to all!


  1. If we are thrown into the fiery furnace, the God we serve is able to save us!! I don't know you, but I'm praying for you!!

  2. The benedryl always puts me into a nice long nap. lol. I, too, am grateful that I don't deal with nausea. I'd much rather put up with aches and pains than nausea. I'm such a wimp! lol