Re:Winter chemo ladies!
Saturday, December 11, 2010 3:54 PM
Well, I had a rough week :( My left arm was pretty beat up from the last a/c treatment, so we decided I needed to use my right arm (which is my good arm). It took them 4 times to get a vein and then at some point, the IV moved (we think when I went to the bathroom) and the Taxol leaked into my tissue. Luckily, it isn't toxic and didn't hurt, but my arm got swollen. (and they had to switch back to the left arm so 5 needle pricks in total). You know it's bad when all 3 onc nurses are surrounding you! I guess it is not that common, or at least not the swelling to the extent I had it. Between the steriod and the swollen, itchy arm, I didn't get much sleep tuesday night. The nurses were all very anxious to see me the next day when I went back for the nuelasta shot. They put some benadryl directly into the skin, which helped the swelling go down and I got some cream for home I have to put heat on it, the swelling has come down, but its still a little swollen and red, which they said would take a few weeks probably to go away.
So this made up my mind to have a port put in!!! I have a consult on Tuesday and hopefully surgery Wed, Thur or Friday. When the chemo was only going to be 8 treatments, my dr was against it and I was willing to wait and see what happenned, but after this time and now knowing I will also get Herceptin for 1 year, its time to get it done. I don't regret not doing it earlier, but would definately regret it if I didn't do it now. You should have seen me, I couldn't use either arm, one arm with the IV and the other swollen and all iced up - my mom had to hold juice with a straw to my mouth so I could drink. (and we were there from 10:30am to 5pm, incl., the blood work, seeing the oncl nurse, etc...).
Also had an unfortunate reaction this week, although the drs are not sure to what. Had a variety of symptoms, all within about 1/2 hour, including stomach pain, dizziness, weakness and finally throwing up. Unfortunately, all this happenned just after we arrived at my son's long delayed 7th birthday party. Luckily he and my daughter were happily bouncing and didn't see how sick I was - I felt like I was back in college, sitting down on the floor of the bathroom and then getting sick in the grass outside! All I can do is laugh at the timing, I haven't been sick like that the whole time and of course it happens right as his party starts. Luckily my mom was there to drive me home and I started to feel better even on the drive home.
I've been surprised how tired I've been, not sure if its low counts or just a reaction to everything that happenned, and my knees, calfs and back hurt, yesterday it was tough to walk. Today I have been sitting most of the day, trying to limit my walking and it seems its getting a little better, hopefully it will pass by tomorrow, which will be 5 days after treatment.
8/4/10 found lump, 8/13 mammo&us, 8/31 biopsy
9/7/10 dx@ age 43 - IDC - 2cm (4.6cm on MRI!), ER/PR--, HER2+, Grade 2, Likely Stage IIIa. BRCA negative!
Neoadjuvant chemo - AC-dose dense, 10/10, 4tx - DONE!
Taxol - dose dense - 4tx - 12/10 - DONE!
Lumpectomy & ALND - 02/16/11 (No cancer left!)
Rads x34 - start April 2010
Herceptin for 1 year - started 12/7/10
Northern NJ, mom to dd(11) and ds(7)