My appointment was for 9:15 a.m. I was up by 7:30 a.m. and on the road by 8:00 a.m. I was at the clinic by 9:10 a.m. I was weighed (up 1 lb. since Wednesday), had my temperature checked (normal), blood pressure checked (very good readings), etc. Then, saw the oncologist who said my white blood cell count was good, but I'll need to take two more injections next week after today's chemo. I was hooked up to the IV at 10:30 a.m. and it ended at 12:30 p.m. I read my prayer book, knitted (finished knitting the back of the top and started on the front), and listened to some of the conversations going on around me. Some of those patients have really bad side effects on the Taxol. I am SO grateful that I have relatively mild side effects in comparison. One lady is undergoing radiation, as well, as she showed where her skin has been burned from it. It looked very painful.
By the time the IV was disconnected, the port was flushed, I had gone to the restroom, paid my co-payment for the visit, and walked to the car park, it was 1:00 p.m. I got home at 1:45 p.m.
One of my cousins called shortly thereafter to see how it went and to gently chide me for not calling her for a ride. But she had hosted two sets of visitors from overseas, recently, and when I asked her how she was feeling she admitted to feeling tired, so I was glad I didn't get her to drive me and add to her tiredness. It would have been a long morning for her and I just didn't want to impose on her. Especially since I knew, from previous Taxol chemo sessions, that I felt OK afterwards. If I had experienced any bad side effects like nausea immediately afterwards on the previous sessions, I would have asked her for a ride.
I finished my office work assignment and sent it off to my colleague (with a copy to my supervisor so that she's kept in the loop, too), before the end of the work day, today.
My gardener came to do the garden today and he weeded the front parkway for me:
|The Weeded Parkway|
The parkway, for those who might not know, is a strip of land between the road and the sidewalk/pavement. It is owned by the City, but maintained by the homeowners. Normally, this area has grass and maybe a tree (which belongs to and maintained by the City). The neighbor next door to me has a typical grass and tree parkway (to the top of the picture). I used to have a nice big tree in my parkway, but the City cut it down several years ago because the roots of the tree were damaging the sidewalk, and I could never get the grass to grow well. So I've planted flowers in this area for several years. The drought has made this a bit of a challenge, though.
The gardener and I planted African daisies in the parkway, earlier (last year?) but most of the plants died over the summer. Then, earlier this year, after the rains, I noticed that some of the plants had self-seeded themselves and small seedlings were coming up. Then the weeds took over!
|Some of the Seedlings|
I am hoping that these seedlings will grow and establish themselves. I might also transplant some other African daisy seedlings from other areas of the garden to help cover more ground.
The plants are more established at the other end of the parkway:
|The More Established African Daisies|
If the African daisies don't establish themselves, I will transplant some gazanias there. Gazanias are more drought tolerant than the African daisies, I think. This parkway gets the full summer afternoon sun. Or maybe it's time to plant succulents in this area.
Daughter doesn't have a fever anymore but she says she feels very tired. She slept-in this morning and took an afternoon nap, as well.
I received several calls from family and friends, today, which was nice. :)
Today, I am grateful for:
- Daughter is recovering
- I was able to drive myself to chemo and back
- Chemo session #5 completed without any problems
- No side effects so far
- Phone calls from family and friends
It's Friday night now and I am relaxing, video chatting with daughter while I type this post. She's telling me what her grocery list is for tomorrow (bread, radishes, bagged salad or lettuce, cucumber and carrots, broccoli or Brussels sprouts, sesame oil, milk, bananas and maybe any other fruit that is on sale).
How was your Friday? What are your plans for the weekend?