Sydney visiting me during 'Round 2'Me!
That's right folks, I do believe we can call this chemo score officially even. Not that there needs to be a clear winner here, but might I simply say that I will NEVER go back to the black hole of side effects of round #1. Nope. Not gonna do it. Refuse in fact.
After talking with Dr. G. and his team, we decided that I didn't need to return to the abyss of chemo #1, so they made the necessary adjustments to help me through this round - whew! So, I took my bad-bald-self into that room with my Keep Your Skirt On book (courtesy of the very kind and uber talented writer/columnist *Starshine Roshell) and faced this one head on. Four hours later, I had read some hilarious musings from Ms. Roshell, visited with my good friend and pal Sydney (a chemo rock star in her own right), and even sent Hil out for a 'chemo break' of her own (Starbucks!).
Now here I am, one week later, sitting upright with my wits about me. Yep, no days lost, no severe bone and joint ache, just a tad more fatigued and some gnarly nauseousness. Not fun, but THAT, I will deal with compared to a month ago.
And as the stats go, I'm now done with 2/6 chemo treatments, and yes, I am counting them down until I'm done and only doing the Herceptin treatments every few weeks for the next year. Sounds a little crazy, but I am looking forward to only that!
In the meantime, I need to escape from myself and the severe cabin fever that has clearly set in. And since I think I can now tolerate the motion of being in a car, I'm gonna ride shotgun in the passenger seat today as Hil runs some errands. Haven't been this excited in a long time. May even sneak in a break to the beach or roll the windows down and hang my bald head out and take in the smell of some fresh air.
So, if you'll excuse me...
*Ms. Roshell sent me two of her books after I wrote her to thank her for her brilliant writing, musings and humor that are getting me through this cancer gig - WOW! How awesome is that?! I'm telling you, there are good people in this world and she is one of them!