Thursday, September 6, 2012

Quick update

Today I received my 3rd dose of Abraxane...

First, the positives:  it is not causing nausea or vomiting, or even a decrease in my appetite (darn it on that one!), I am healing up and feeling less sore from my port placement surgery that I had last week, I seem to be able to do much of what I usually do (drive kids places, sit and work at my desk, drive kids to more places, etc,) I've got a great group of ladies bringing our family dinner on chemo days, and wonderful friends & family who care about me and let me know it!

Next, the not-so-bads:  I still have my hair, but it is barely holding on and will probably go away completely very soon.  I do experience aches, pains & tiredness on about days 2-5 post infusion.  I have to learn to take it easy on those days and just "go with the flow."  It's hard for me ... I'm not one to slow down much.  I tend to start feeling sorry for myself when I'm stuck at home and trying to rest.

Lastly, the negatives:  My hair is on its way out.  I haven't had time, and won't have time, to get with a photographer for a nice family portrait before my hair is gone.  I know this sounds petty, but I was really hoping to do this.  I fear that I'll never have hair again.  I guess in the big scheme of things, it's not that bad.  We did get some really great snapshots on our Colorado vacation in June.

I am sure that if I had written this post over this past weekend, some of my not-so-bads would have appeared in my negatives.  But since I am feeling pretty good NOW, my outlook is a little rosier! 

Will write in more detail about things when I have more time -- just wanted to give a quick update!

Thanks for reading!