Monthly Archives: November, 2011

Chemo ReCap – Week 1/12

Today ends my first week on Taxol & Herceptin.  Here’s a brief summary on Cold Cap success and common potential side effects for the week. Weight:  Haven’t regained post surgery loss, but am holding steady at 117.5 lbs. General condition:  Feeling 100% of normal with plenty of energy.  Sleeping well. Blood Tests (10/31):  All well …

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Chemo 2/12

Today’s chemo session proceeded considerably more smoothly than last week’s.  We already knew what to leave at home, where to park, and the smoothest route from the parking lot to the clinic, an important consideration since Earl was pulling a 100+ lb. cooler.  Also, since we weren’t as concerned about allergic reactions (because there weren’t …

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Fun and Profit with Dry Ice

It seems wasteful to allow approximately 60 pounds of dry ice to sublimate away each week without any useful second life.  Most regrettably, not enough survived the 5 days from the first chemo infusion to Halloween to provide quality seasonal entertainment.  I predict dumping it all into a single Coleman Xtreme cooler and covering to …

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A Tale of Two Experiments

Ever since I decided to skip the prescription anti-nausea medications this week, I have been nervously monitoring any sensation related to my stomach.  Am I queasy or just hungry?  Is this feeling the beginning of nausea?  Experimenting on yourself is a bit nerve wracking, especially when a likely outcome is gut wrenching discomfort. Taxol can …

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Head Shed

The average human has 100,000-150,000 hairs on his or her head:  blondes with a little more, redheads fewer, and brunettes somewhere in between.  We lose perhaps 50-100 every day, entangling in our hair brushes, collecting on the bathroom floor, or disappearing quickly down the shower drain.  Of those 50-100 hairs, I noticed perhaps 15 of …

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Chemo ReCap: Week 2/12

I am relieved to report continued smooth sailing for the second week of Taxol and Herceptin. Weight:  Up slightly to 118.5 lbs, probably due to over indulging in yummy food Sunday night (Thanks, Truc!). General condition:  99% of normal.  Still exercising every day, more recently with either a 7 mile walk or an hour on …

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Chemo 3/12

Three Taxol-Herceptin treatments down, nine to go.  I’m a quarter done now! It is clear I’ve become far more relaxed about the treatments as time goes on.  Two weeks ago at the first session my blood pressure was sky high, around 162/84, a clear sign of the anxiety swirling around not knowing how the drugs …

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11-11-11

Oh dear.  Oh my. This could be problematic … The chocolate countdown ended today and with it expired various restrictions on everyday activities.  The limitations were enacted back in September by my plastic surgeon to help the reconstructed breast to flourish and prevent additional damage to my healing body. No tea, no chocolate, no coffee, …

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Chemo ReCap: Week 3/12

Today ends the third week of Taxol and Herceptin.  I met with my oncologist yesterday and she pointedly remarked that my continued lack of significant side effects implies neither that the adjuvant therapy is not working nor that I’ll be feeling quite as robust towards the end of the treatment. Point well taken. Weight:  Hmmm.  Last week’s …

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Asymmetry vs. Symmetry

Remember after the reconstruction surgery I was bemoaning my many physical asymmetries? At the risk of unecessarily dangling a preposition, be careful what you wish for. After seeing my latest blog from earlier this evening, Earl’s artistic Uncle Aaron sent me these adjusted photos to demonstrate what my head would look like on an especially …

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