So much for writing each day or two about side effects! I guess that's because there is not much to report. I had my 2nd Herceptin infusion on Monday (Taxol and Herceptin together next Monday), and I was in and out of the Cancer Center in less than an hour. Herceptin is a "targeted therapy", not chemo, and therefore it doesn't have many side effects. The only thing I've noticed is a drippier nose! I need a kleenex with me at ALL times! Did you know that when you don't have any nose hair there is nothing to slow down the drips? Yeah, fun. (Sorry if tmi!) Chemo always makes my nose drippy, but now its pretty much constant. I've read that others have had this problem with Herceptin, that's why I know its from that and not Taxol.
The body aches I had last week have pretty much gone away. Saturday was the last day I took percocet, Sunday I just needed ibuprofen. I had a little back/spine pain from the Neulasta shot on Sunday, but not too bad. That is a different pain from the Taxol.
Last night I was finally able to sleep in bed, and didn't need an Ambien. The previous nights I'd start out in bed and then my hips and legs would start to ache and I'd come out to the recliner to sleep. I needed Ambien a few of those nights too.
Overall I am very pleased with this chemo. The bone pain is manageable with the strong pain pills, and there is no nausea at all. There was one day (last Wed.) where I was really tired all day, but otherwise I've just been a little tired, and then I take a little nap. Yesterday I had lots of energy, and finally got some much needed stuff done around the house. Its a little odd to me to actually be feeling good while doing chemo! I didn't know it was possible! I do think my neuropathy is a little worse though. This may be something I just have to live with. I'd rather live with that than cancer!
I've had such peace lately. I still can't believe I went to my first Taxol infusion and felt no nausea or anxiety. That is the power of prayer! I don't know why I have to suffer through some things, but as long as God is with me, it doesn't matter. His plans are perfect, and I don't need to understand them. I just need to know He is there!
Brennan was here for a couple of hours this morning. He crawls everywhere, and can pull himself up to standing. So mobile! He loves his grandpa--follows him around, and likes to know where he is at all times. Brennan has a plastic hammer that he carries around with him everywhere, and he only lets it go for his bottle. Even took a nap with it!