I started on the second phase of my chemo therapy, today, and had the first of 12 Taxol sessions. The treatment went well. I first saw the doctor, who went over the treatment and the side effects of Taxol, etc., and reviewed the lab report results with me (white blood cell count was normal, red blood cell count was fine, etc., so I didn't need an immune booster injection). I was a bit nervous about the treatment and possible allergic reactions. So I did what I usually do when anxious - I prayed. After that, I knitted, as that's a great stress reliever, too. There were no allergic reactions (they do give anti-allergy medications, before hand, but still there was still a chance of an allergic reaction within the first 10 minutes and the nurse came by to check that everything was OK.) I had taken a protein drink before I left to go to the clinic in the morning, yet, halfway through the treatment, I got hungry, so daughter went out and got me a hamburger!
We were home by 1:00 p.m. and I have felt fine the rest of the day. I did some office work, had my gardener plant the gladioli bulbs which were starting to sprout in the bag they were in, and spent some time sewing. I cut out some strips to use to attach the pieced blocks together, and, of course, created more scraps in the process! LOL.
So far, I have felt no side effects (they also gave me preventive medications such as anti-nausea medications and steroids along with the anti-reaction drugs; their effects last for at least a day or two.)
Because I was feeling so well, daughter accepted an invitation to spend the evening playing card and board games with some of her friends. The evening is supposed to last until 10:00 p.m. But I have been instructed to call her if I start feeling ill before that. But I am feeling OK, so I don't anticipate needing to call her.
Today, I am grateful for:
- A good chemo session (no allergic reactions, no side effects yet).
- The power of prayers.
- Daughter having a fun evening with friends.
- Having a good appetite.
- Kitchen counters still clear!
How was your Friday?