Monday, December 21, 2009

Dec 21

Hey I thought I would update. I am at the hospital. No it isn't anything big. Just been running a fever for the last day. The dr in the er says all the counts look good meaning I can fight my infection. Just waiting to hear from my dr. I don't even think they will give me ant drugs. Just waiting to be released. 3rd round of chemo went well. Last week. I sometimes forget I have cancer and think i can do slot more than I should. I hope everyone enjoys there Christmas. I know I will all my sister are coming.

Monday, December 14, 2009

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Hello thought it was about time to update. I have a little time while I am in Phoenix. So thought it would be a good time. I will do a short version for those that don't like to read a long blog. Numbers are down that is good means chemo is working. I just had my third round today. I will be coming back for the fourth round in Jan. So that is the quick version of what is going on.

Longer version warning. The second round I went to Phoenix on Sunday the week of Thanksgiving and come back on Tuesday late afternoon. I saw all the doc's and had an infusion(chemo thur port). I was so tired Wednesday late afternoon, Thursday and Friday. I just laid on the couch at my mom's and visited with family. It was great that the extreme tiredness only lasted 2 1/2 days. That isn't bad. Plus I wasn't tired for the flight home. No other symptoms.

I left this Sunday after church and came out to Phoenix for the third time. Ryan stayed home with the kids the last two visits. He did a great job. He also did a great job on Kamden's hair. Amy cut it short again this last week. So I am curious to get home and see if he could fix her hair this time. Sorry got a little side tracked. Anyway, I saw all my docs and had my third infusion today. Took a two hour nap while I was there in infusion (chemo). I even got in a 30 minute walk. Much easier to get that in when it is warm and you can just walk right out the doors and it is prefect walking weather. It is in the 60's the two times before it was in the 80's also perfect weather. I love all the sunshine. (o.k. got off track again).

Doctor ( new chemo dr.) explained why I am on new drugs instead of keeping me on what I was on the first time I did chemo (Herceptin, Navelbine, Abraxane). This is what I am on now (forgive my spelling, Herceptin, Texol, Carboplatin). He also talked about that he was afraid the chemo wasn't working and we would have to do something else but it is working. We also talked about what he wanted to do the next visit. I will come for 4 days. Monday I will get new scans to check the cancer and have a massage(nice). Then on Tuesday I will see the doctors and Dr. M will talk to me about the scans and what we want to do. Wednesday is shot day and I also am going to try acupuncture for the tiredness and sore back.

He has decided not to do the CA2729. I think that is because I am getting them done with doctor Kris and he was hoping I wouldn't get them and look at them. Anyway he is doing a CA 15.3. I think is is another breast cancer marker number. So the first visit I had a blood draw a week before I received the first chemo. My number was 588
or so. So it probably went up a little in that week before the first round of chemo. Then on the second visit before the second round of chemo it went up to 680 or so. They didn't tell me. He thinks it is because he didn't give me enough of the chemo the first round. He gave me a smaller dose to see how I would do. When I did chemo with the kennewick he over dosed me the first round. My numbers dropped over 300 points. At this visit before I had the third round the number is high 400's. That was good. We don't have to change chemo that is really good news. The dose is as high as he can give and it seems to be work. yeah!!!

I know that was so long sorry. I want to say thank you to all those who are bringing in meals again. We really appreciate all the help. Thank you to all those who help Ryan out with babysitting while I am gone. It is very helpful and I don't have to worry about them (the kids and Ryan).