Head Shave! and Chemo Cycle 2

So last Wednesday, Day 16 since the first chemotherapy treatment I went to the salon that specializes in products and services for cancer patients.

I had a free head shave, which was a real relief for the scalp. The day before, when I shampooed my hair, it hurt down at the roots, so I am truly glad to have it gone right now.

The stylist then trimmed my new blond wig, and showed me how to put it on, as well as giving instructions on the care of the wig. I chose a synthetic wig and find it is just a real looking as a real hair wig. It was rather expensive, yes, but our health plan will cover some of the costs. And I can wear it when my own hair grows back.

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On Friday I had a blood test so that the doctor would know if my platelets were back up, so I could have chemotherapy again on Monday. They were. She gave me a new prescription for the numbness I had felt in both arms right after the first treatment, and said it should also help with the back pain. These are unusual symptoms, she said, but they can occur.

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This Monday, June 17th I had the second  chemotherapy IV, this time with Herceptin added. It took 5 hours total. The Herceptin was injected slowly, over 90 minutes, since it was the first time, and then there was a hour wait for any side effects or complications to occur. That was followed by the other two drugs, Docataxel and Cyclophosphamide.

I feel fine today. Must drink 3 liters of water per day, to help flush out the drugs. And of course, I am again taking the Decadron (dexamethasone), Zofran (mylan ondansetron) and Metoclopramide.

I am ready for days 3 to 5 when symptoms are the worst. I have learned that days 10 to 14 are when the platelets are lowest and that is when one must be careful of developing a fever (an emergency) and of exposure to germs etc.

That’s it for this time! Thanks for reading and thank you for the kind wishes from so many of you.

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Chemo – The Effects

It is now day 13 since the first chemotherapy treatment. I was nauseous and also had a general feeling of  illness for several days.  Days 10 to 14 are when my blood cell counts are lowest, I learned from the chemotherapy nurse.  I feel quite well today. It has not been a bad two weeks, but there are 10 weeks more to go, along with 3 more treatments.

I have an appointment Wednesday to have my head shaved, to learn how to put on the wig, and also to buy supplies for wig care, a turban and a sleep cap. The shop does all this, and sent me a free 12 oz. mug the other day – what  nice surprise.

On Friday, the 14th, I have a blood test, and also an appointment with the medical oncologist. She will likely let me know whether my counts are high enough for the scheduled Chemo 2 on Monday the 17th.

I have not started to lose any hair – yet – but tomorrow is day 14 and I’ve been told that is when it will start.

I dread the side effects to come, but there isn’t any way to avoid them. Maybe I will be lucky and not have too many!

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