I got shot with Newlasta today!!

July 7, 2017 Friday

I have been very busy today so I must be feeling all right.  I have gone to town three separate times and did a lot of errands.  I’ve made three quilt blocks today and finished the fourth border on another quilt!!  It’s been a very good day.

On one of the trips, I went to another Hamilton Medical facility, the Infusion Center.  This is where I will get a shot of Neulasta the day after each chemo treatment.  It’s a shot that stimulates my bone marrow to produce lots more white blood cells to replace those killed by the chemo.  Since it is making my bone marrow work so hard, it may make me have some strong reactions, including joint pains and leg pains, I think she said.  I had to stay 30 minutes after the shot to make sure I was okay, but I felt fine.  As long as I don’t get a fever above 100.4, I’ll be fine she said.  I have bought a couple of thermometers since I haven’t bought one in decades.  I was surprised at how much thermometers have changed – they are all new fangled things these days.  Anyway, since I have two of them, I should be able to figure them out.

I don’t think I’m reacting much at all to the chemo yesterday or the Neulasta today, but I feel like I am kind of ‘beside myself’ if that makes any sense and I think my face and chest are unnaturally red and hot!!  Not hot in a good way, tho.  I do expect reactions on
Saturday and Sunday, but hope they won’t be too bad. I know that these reactions will be the least of the reactions I’ll ever get so I plan to enjoy these more than the following ones.  I’ll let you know how it goes if I do get some reactions.  I understand that some people don’t get reactions.  No photos today.

My morning weight was about 218 – all that chemo fluid yesterday was a big part of that I expect, but then again, who really knows.  Oh, I have fixed a large jar with water and a crushed up orange in it as my main source of fluid for today. I have had a lot of water today to try to keep my kidneys healthy.  I’m really attached to those kidneys and hope to keep them for a long, long time.  Tomorrow, I may drink lemon water – what an exciting life I lead.

Author: melaniesjourneythroughcancer

I am a retired teacher who was recently diagnosed with triple negative ductal breast cancer. I decided to write this blog to record the actions and emotions that occur as I make this journey through the cancer experience.

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