Day 3.1- picture from emilymcdowell.com

When I finish this cycle I will be halfway finished with my treatment! Arrived at the doctor's office at 9:25.m and someone was already in my favorite chair, so I found sat in a different corner spot. Apparently Thursdays are the busiest days here. By 11 am all the chairs were filled.  

As usual, my session started with taking my vitals and a blood draw. My blood pressure was 124/81, pulse was 90. My blood work came back great. My CA-125 was down from 51 to 35.4, which is terrific. 

Here are the rest of my numbers:

  • WBC 3.9 (up from last week)
  • GRA 2.5 (up from last week)
  • HGB 10.8 (down a little from last week)
  • PLT 245 (up from last week!)

The nurse administered my pre-meds, which had Decadron (a steroid), Pepcid (an antacid), and Benadryl (an antihistamine). It took about 45 minutes to infuse them into my IV port. after they were done, the nurse added the Taxol, the key cancer medication, into my IV port. It took about 3 1/2 hours to complete the infusion. During previous cycles, this has been the treatment that has been the easier for me. No nausea, no abdominal pain, just a funny taste in my mouth. Today's treatment did not disappoint. I'm feeling well enough to attend a Glenbard Parenting Series presentation tonight.  

While I was sitting in the treatment room I made more of an effort to chat with the other patients. I am so glad that I did! I met a young woman who I exchanged contact information with. I'm hoping we can continue to reach out to each other. We actually are planning to play Cards Against Humanity the next time we are there together. That should be March 24th.

in spite of the shealthy snacks I brought with me to the doctor, I was still famished when we left chemo. So we stopped at Naf Naf Grill for lunch. It was delicious! 

Yesterday at work I received a very generous gift from the people I work with. I have enough Costco and Trader Joes gift cards to last me for a while! I cannot believe how caring and generous people have been. I can't wait until I am well enough to "pay it forward."