Day 1.8. The end of cycle 1. Only 5 more cycles to go! I arrived at the doctor's office a little after 9am. I was the first patient to arrive, which means I had my pick of the seats, AGAIN!
After I settled in, the nurse came and took my vital signs (blood pressure, temperature) and then proceeded to prepare my IV port to draw my CBC bloodwork. They don't start the chemo until they have checked my numbers. They do the analysis right there in the doctor's office. In about 15 minutes the nurse came over and showed me my results. These are the 4 markers they watch:
- WBC 2.3
- GRA 1.7
- HGB 12.0
- PLT 291
Here is a link to a great website that explains what the different markers are: http://oncology101.net/tag/complete-blood-count/
She explained she was concerned most about the WBC & GRA, because they were below "normal range" which is expected because of the chemo. She said if they drop much more, I would be at great risk for decreased immunity. Next week I get a full panel, including the CA-125 (the infamous tumor marker). She didn't say they would slow down the cycles if it got much lower, but I think it was implied. They increased my Ativan to 2mg (since I was already taking two 1mg at night to sleep).
After she explained my results, she started my IV with Pepcid, Benadryl and more steroids. It took about 45 minutes for the IV to finish. Once they were done, my IP port was prepared for 1.5 liters of Taxol infusion. The infusion was completed by 12:00pm, then I got lay on each of my sides for 15 minutes to make sure the infusion got into all the nooks and crannies of my abdominal cavity. I was done by 1:15pm and headed to my reiki appointment.
My Reiki master is amazing. He knew I was coming directly from my chemotherapy. We worked on deeply relaxing and guided meditation, focusing on sending positive energy to my abdomen. When the 60 minute session was over, I was more relaxed than I have been in a very long time!
I am hoping the extra pain medication, combined with the reiki session today will make tomorrow much more manageable for me.
3 down, 15 to go!!!!