I had my second Chemo treatment last Wednesday. The way they have me scheduled for treatment is:
Week one - Cisplatin and Taxol (They will change the Cisplatin to Carboplatin next time, because I had such a bad reaction to the Cisplatin that they gave me on my first treatment.)
Week Two - Which was last week. Taxol
Week Three - Taxol
Week Four - No Chemo!!!
Then I start over again with week one, I will do this for three months. The Taxol they gave me last week left me feeling pretty tired but I was not nearly as nauseas as I was with the combination Taxol and Cisplatin they had given me the first week. I started to get diareah but took an imodium first thing Thursday morning and it stopped it fairly quickly.
Friday was my two week marker for the radiation treatments and true to their word the side effects began over the weekend. But first I was able to celebrate my Birthday Friday!! Thank you to all those who sent me cards, birthday and get well, they really brightened my day. My sisters took me to dinner the week before because they were afraid I would be too sick on my actual Birthday. We went to Cracker Barrel and had a great time.
Then, Friday for my birthday, Jeff and Karen took us out to dinner via their pontoon boat!!! We went to one of the Marinas, Papa Joe's. We had a great time. I have told Jeff I only have a little time left to hang onto my hair so don't blow it, and he is so kind to drive slowly so Karen and I arrive for dinner with every hair in place!!!! Our Men!!! Their just great and always so accomadating!!!
We are lucky women!!!
Punky, Kiah and Aaron gave me two new pair of PJ'S!!! One of my favorite gifts to recieve!!!! Jess gave me a beautiful pair of "Open Heart" ear rings to match the neckalce she gave me for Christmas!!! Teresa gave me a beautiful necklace and bracelet!!! Kim bought my dinner!!! Karen gave me gift cards to one of our favorite restraunts!!! Josh, Misty and Renea sent me beautiful yellow roses!!! Jacob gave me a Palm tree which continues to brighten my days as I look at it and think of the beach!!!! I recieved hilarious cards and e-mails and sweet sentimental ones too!!!! All in all I had one of the best birthdays I have ever had!!! Thank you all for making it so special!!!!
Over the weekend I developed blisters in my mouth from the radiation. It has made it hard to talk and eat. I spent all day Saturday and Sunday sleeping, as a result of the pain meds for the blisters. Today a friend sent me some Magic Mouthwash to use. It numbs my mouth for about fifteen minutes, long enough to try and eat. At radiation today, the doctor wasn't in but the nurse told me to rinse with salt and soda water and also gave me stuff to create artificial saliva. The radiation has caused my saliva to be very thick and stringy. It has been very frustrating to deal with. It almost makes me feel as if I'm chocking, but the artificial stuff has helped. I will see the radiation Doctor tomorrow. I also saw the nutritionist today. She has set up an appointment with a surgeon she wants me to see tomorrow. She wants me to go ahead and have a consultation appointment with the surgeon so if, and when, I need the feeding tube, all we will have to do is schedule the surgery. She is pushing for me to go ahead and get it. I had lost another 2 1/2 pounds since last week. I really, really don't want any more surgeries! When we got back home today Wendell made me some of his potatoe onion soup which I was able to eat. I am, at this point, only able to eat soft "liquidy" foods. I still have 4 1/2 weeks of radiation to go, I don't know if I will be able to avoid the feeding tube, but I can hope!!!
The chemo doctor told me this past week that the Taxol he was giving me will make my hair fall out. I told him I had decided that I was going to keep my hair to which he said, "If you do I will have to charge you extra!!!" Well, being the tight wad I am....I clogged up the shower this morning:( Wendell's sister Pam is coming tomorrow evening to cut my hair short.
To those who are so faithful to pray for me, I just want to say THANK YOU!!!! The Lord has truely been good to me. I am soooo blessed with some of the greatest friends and family in the world!!!! When I think of what I could have ever done to deserve all I have, I fall so very short. Thank you for standing by me and lifting me up in your prayers!!!! Our God is Faithful!!!