Yesterday, Chris and I spent the whole day at Roswell (9-5). After getting blood work, I had an appointment to meet with my dr. I usually meet with her once a month unless any issues arise. She told me that I wouldn’t need another PET scan at all. She said it isn’t necessary because of how good my last scan was. I will be getting two more CAT scans, the first after completing this fourth round. They decided again not to increase my chemo because of how low my counts dropped last time again. She said she would prefer to keep it this way as opposed to increasing it for fear that I will end up with a fever and will be hospitalized if my counts continue to drop. She didn’t seem too concerned that there won’t be an increase based on my progress this far. I was also told that if I did develop a fever this would change my chemo schedule most likely which she doesn’t want to do nor do I. There was a lot of waiting yesterday, and I am very thankful that Chris was able to go with me this time as I would have been extremely bored out of my mind. Accessing my mediport was so much easier this time because I actually used the numbing cream they had prescribed the right way. It’s difficult because the cream has to be applied 30 minutes prior to accessing it; however with the continued waiting and waiting to get into the infusion center it’s almost impossible to time it out perfectly. I couldn’t feel a thing! I did very well on the Rituxan, so they increased it faster allowing me to finish it in 2 1/2 hours. The nurses at Roswell are unbelievable. I am a little nervous because usually at the start of chemo, my counts have recovered and start high. I am starting with low hemoglobin and white blood cell counts. My dr. said this is why I am so tired and get out of breath easily. I think I over did it the other day because I felt better and was trying to clean the whole house. I’m taking it easier now. As much as I hate chemo and this situation, to be honest I will miss some of the staff and patients that I have gotten to know. Of course, however, I would much rather be done! I plan to continue to change my chemo bags myself, which is good because I get to stay home and don’t have to bother with a nurse coming here. After Tuesday I will be more than halfway done. Two more to go after this! Thanks everyone for the continued support and all the food of course! Our freezer is packed .
PS- Thank you my WHC friends for the pajamagram. I’m wearing them now. Ha and don’t worry… I won’t get too comfortable as I will be coming back!