Friday's chemo session went very well. The new anti-nausea medication had been delivered to the clinic in time, my white blood cell count was good, and the chemo was administered without any problems. I knitted on my scarf while I had the treatment. At one point, I got hungry and daughter went to the nearby hamburger place and bought me a breakfast sandwich! We were done around 12:30 p.m. and home by 1:30 p.m. The only side effect, so far, was feeling sleepy on the drive home. Since daughter was driving, I dozed on and off and took a short nap when I got home.
My gardener friend came over around 2:30 p.m. He agreed to doing the litter boxes every Friday, so that is taken care of. We just need to schedule one of daughter's friends or the mother of one friend to come on a Monday or a Tuesday so that the litter boxes will get done at least twice a week. Normally, he only has one litter box which gets cleaned every other day; but because it won't get cleaned as often, now, I set up a spare litter box for him as I used to do when I'd visit daughter for extended weekend visits. I have them set up side by side and he uses both!
My neighbor across the street called me later in the evening and brought over a container of lentil soup and 3 homemade burritos for daughter. My neighbor is a proficient pianist and teaches piano at home (she taught my daughter at one time, until daughter got too busy with school work); she said she'll come over one evening and play the piano for me - a private concert, so to speak. I am looking forward to that.
I didn't do any housework today, but I am OK with that. Today was a day of rest after the chemo. I will see how I feel tomorrow.
While I relaxed and rested, daughter did some grocery shopping, etc., for me in the afternoon. She went to the pharmacy too, to pick up my medications. Apparently my vitamin D count was very low and I have been put on two doses of vitamin D - a prescription strength dose to be taken once a week and an over-the-counter strength dose for everyday! I am also to start taking calcium pills and stop taking the vitamin C pills that the primary care doctor had told me to take! Earlier, we had asked the oncologist if it was OK to take the vitamin C tablets and he had said it was fine, there will be no drug interactions, etc. However, vitamin C is an antioxidant, and while antioxidants are considered to be good for normal cells, a study done in Oct. of 2015 had claimed that antioxidants seem to boost cancer cells and cause them to grow and spread faster! So, the nurse practitioner wants me off the vitamin C supplements. I will still eat the oranges from the garden and other fresh fruits, but I will not take the vitamin C supplements. I do have an appointment with my primary care physician scheduled for early February, so I will notify her of the changes in dietary supplements and see what she has to say. She mainly prescribed the vitamin C as a precaution during the flu season. Since I don't go out in public places (other than the clinic and the lab) if it can be avoided, and I wear a mask when I do go out, I feel I am taking sufficient precautions against infections.
Plans for tomorrow will depend on how I feel; if I feel energetic, I will continue with tidying the kitchen; if not, it will be sewing, knitting, and taking it easy.
Today, I am grateful for:
- The new anti-nausea drug was shipped to the clinic in time for my treatment
- The 3rd chemo therapy session is done; I've just one more session of this particular chemo combination (after that, there will be 3 months of weekly session with a different chemo)
- No side effects yet, other than feeling sleepy on the drive home
- Gardener friend agreed do the litter boxes once a week
- Neighbor blessed us with soup and burritos
I can't remember where I read this, so I may be talking rubbish, but I seem to think that the Vitamin C/Iron pairing can over-ride the Vitamin D/Calcium pairing. There are so many different influences on the body. Taking it easy sounds like a sensible idea. xReplyDelete
I did a little bit of research on-line and it seems that vitamin C helps absorption of iron, but I am not taking any iron supplements and I've been told to stop the vitamin C, so, if there is any interaction with the vitamin D/calcium paring, it will be minimized. In any case, I will consult with my primary care physician when I see her and ask her opinion, too. The problem is, each health care provider is concentrating on his/her area of specialty and concern; it is up to the patient to take a more holistic approach and reconcile it all. Although, right now, the cancer takes top priority, so I'll probably do what the oncology health specialists tell me to do, hopefully with the primary care specialist's OK. It is so hard to achieve balance, when it comes to treatment, especially because I have several on-going conditions, not just cancer.Delete
Hope you're keeping a detailed journal that you take to all your appointments.ReplyDelete
I take a list of questions, but don't have a detailed journal.Delete
You may want to figure out how to bring up this blog on your phone in case you need details at a doctor's appt. As time goes on, some of the details will be hard to remember.Delete
I think the journal idea is excellent. We tried bringing up the blog on the phone and it was not doing too well. I can, at least, write down the changes in medications and the dates (or, better still, ask the clinic for copies of their records to give to my doctor - after all, that's what she did when I first went to the oncologist).Delete
SO Proud to hear that you are doing this well post chemo treatment. Praying that you continue to feel well.ReplyDelete
I also read that about the vitamin c. Proud they caught it, and you can quit taking it for now..
Pray you have a great day .. Keep taking it easy.
Thanks, Judy. I, too, am happy that I am continuing to feel as well as I do. I did a bit more of kitchen cleaning earlier today and am resting, now. Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Take care.Delete
Happy you are feeling alright at the moment. Hope it continues.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jess. It would be such a blessing if it continues.Delete