It's Friday, but no chemotherapy for me today. It's an "off week" which means blood work only. I arranged to bring a good friend with me to the doctor's office today and we had a terrific brunch at the Honey Jam Cafe. If you haven't been there for breakfast, I highly recommend it. If you go on the weekend, be prepared to wait. Fortunately, there was no wait when we arrived this afternoon.
I have been feeling pretty good this week, other than the fatigue, the loss of the remainder of my hair and a pretty bad bout of sadness on Monday evening. I ordered some pre-tied head scarves from a shop on Etsy so I guess I am getting a bit more comfortable with that situation. As far as dealing with the fatigue, I am learning to go to bed when I need to; sometimes it's 8:00pm, sometimes it 11:00pm. My therapist said the sadness is "normal" and to be expected. She encourages me to reach out to my support system (you know who you are) when I am feeling that hopeless. She reminded me that it's good to cry, tears are a way of clearing out toxins.
I am reluctant to make any plans outside of going to work and coming home because of the side effects. But I do look forward to this week on the schedule because I tend to feel relatively good. I was able to enjoy the warm weather this past Saturday by walking 1.6 miles outside. I do have some plans this weekend. I am walking in the Sweat Teal Walk on Saturday. It is sponsored by the Illinois Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. My plan is to walk until I can't, and then head to Kuma's in Schaumburg for lunch! Sunday I have an appointment at the Apple Store in Oakbrook. If the weather is still warm, maybe I will take a few laps around the mall!
At the doctor's office this morning, my blood pressure was high (140/97). It must been the salt in the Buffalo Wild Wings I had for dinner last night. The nurse didn't seem to be concerned, but I will take my blood pressure again in the morning tomorrow. If it hasn't gone down, I will call the office. Here are the results from my blood work (for all but the CA-125, which has to be sent out)
- WBC 3.8
- GRA 2.3
- HGB 11.4
- PLT 160
My platelets count continues to drop, which is normal. Unfortunately, they told me there is nothing I can do to bring them back up. I am going to do some research to see if there are some alternative medicine methods I can use.
I posted a request on Facebook looking for people who are either in treatment for cancer now, or who are survivors. I am trying to put together a network of people whose outlook on life is more positive than what I have encountered in the support groups I have already attended. I have already received some great suggestions. I can't wait to put together a group!