Last chemo day!!!!

September 7, 2017 Thursday

I couldn’t get to sleep last night until after 2:30 and then I woke up several times! My alarm woke me before 8:00 and I got up and ready for chemo.  I had a good breakfast and was ready to go when Sue picked me up.  She’s always there for me and I really appreciate that.

We were escorted into a room and spent quite a bit of time before they asked if we would rather wait for the office appointment at 11:40 in the chemo room?  I didn’t even know I had an office appointment but considering it was only about 9:30 at that point, I said I wanted to wait in the chemo room where the comfy chairs are, so we moved.  Then they hooked into my port and took blood for tests.  My numbers were not quite as good as usual but they were okay.  Then we started the chemo.

The process went well and at 11:40, the PA, Laura, came out and we had our office visit.  We discussed the questions I had and the future.  She was very surprised when I mentioned the test to see if cancer was dead and future chemo if it wasn’t, but she checked my file and even called the doctor, who was off today, to ask about it.  Nothing showed up.  I know I didn’t dream that because Sue heard it also.  Oh well.  No test for now except maybe a scan by the surgeon.  I have an appointment with him on Monday, September 18, to discuss my options – that should be fun!!  But I am looking forward to moving onto the next step in this journey.  I also have weekly lab appointments for the next five weeks to check my blood levels.  She told me I would have regular office appointments for the next five years for them to continue to check me for any problems.  I will not be taking any drugs like Tamoxifen because my cancer is hormone negative.

The chemo girls gave me a little celebration since it was the last chemo day for me and of course, we took photos.  I know how cute I am with pink pig tails!!!!

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We then stopped by Zaxby’s and picked up lunch before going home.  We watched hurricane news while we ate – looks like we might get a tropical storm here, but I really expect it to miss us but we shall see.  After Sue left, I ended up taking a nap for about 2 hours.  For the rest of the day, I have felt sluggish, but I did fix some steak for dinner and it was pretty good.

Tomorrow I plan to go to Kroger just in case the storm does come here, get my Neulasta shot at 3:30 and meet for dinner at 4:30.  Hopefully I will feel up to doing all that.  I bet it will if I can sleep tonight and right now I don’t think I”ll have any problem doing that.

Morning weight – 217  I did weigh at the beginning and end of the chemo treatment and I seemed to gain 2 pounds.  I expect I’ll weigh a lot more in the coming days because of all the saline and steroids in me.  I know I’ve sort of complained about gaining weight during this whole chemo process, but I really appreciate how lucky I am that I am still able to gain weight while so many people lose weight uncontrollably when on chemo.  A few pounds won’t matter to me in the long run and I realize that.

I would like to thank all of you who have been so supportive during this process.  That means a lot to me.  It really, really does.  Thank you!!!!!

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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