One down… Five to go!
Yesterday was Patty’s first of six chemo treatments. She’s amazing! She has such a positive attitude to take this on! I’m confident the fact that there are no more tests in the immediate future is allowing her to concentrate on chemo. Just being around Patty right now makes you feel good!
Her appointment was at 1:00 p.m. I worked in the morning and came home around 11:30. We scarfed down a quick lunch since part of Patty’s instructions was “never have chemo on an empty stomach!” Before leaving Patty and I held hands and prayed to God that he continue with us throughout this new journey, remove any cancer that may still be inside Patty and asked that Patty have minimal side effects. We arrived at Scripps shortly before 1:00 and they brought us back right on time. I think I described the chemo room in previous post, but I’ll do it again. It’s a new room that’ s been open for close to two months now. It’s located in the northwest corner of the clinic. It’s set up similar to a ward with each chemo station divided from the other by a curtain. There are windows all along the walls which makes it bright and upbeat. Each station has a TV, bookcase, recliner (or bed if you prefer). The areas are really comfortable. Our chemo nurse was Margarita. A woman close to our age. I think we’ll have her throughout the regimen. She was just awesome! Very pleasant woman who has been in this business for many years. She took a few minutes to explain the procedure and alleviate any anxiety Patty may have had, which wasn’t much. She asked Patty if she was ready to which Patty said “yes!” Patty sat in a comfy recliner and I sat in a pretty comfortable chair next to her. She inserted the IV in her right arm and, as the say: “let the games begin!” This was a three step process since there are three different chemicals/medications/poisons used. The entire process took about 3 1/2 hours. Patty and I talked, joked with the nurses and, quite honestly, had a pretty good time! (you know us, we try to make the best out of any situation… even chemo!) At one point Patty said she was starting to get a little headache so Margarita gave her some Tylenol which seemed to take care of the problem right away.
Here’s Patty kick’in it in the chemo room! See that smile… she actually had that smile throughout the procedure!
Speaking of attitude, as I mentioned earlier, Patty has an amazingly positive attitude right now. Last night she told me: “right now the chemo is on a mission inside me, seeking out any cancer cells and killing them on the spot!”
We left her chemo session around 4:45 p.m. and fought rush hour traffic on the way home. Margarita told Patty to eat something lite for dinner. We stopped at the store on the way home and Patty said she was in the mood for grilled cheese sandwiches and soup. So… that’s just what the chef of the house prepared! I haven’t had grilled cheese sandwiches and soup since I was a child and will admit, it was really good. Patty ate well last night, which was a good sign.
Around 6:30 last night, Patty said she was starting to feel a little queasy. She took an anti-nausea pill and the queasiness went away.
Patty slept like a baby last night. This was probably the best night of sleep she’s had in months! She got up around 6:30 this morning feeling great! No nausea, no nothing! She took her daily medication with breakfast and as of right now, she’s really doing great! Very upbeat!
This afternoon we go back to the doctor. Patty gets a shot that will build up her immune system. Margarita told us that she may have some flu-like symptoms as a result, achy bones etc, but it won’t last more than 24 hours.
The interesting thing is how she’ll do the next few days. Since there are some steroids in the chemo that gives Patty some energy. After 48 hours, you “come down” off the steroids. So fatigue may set in the next couple of days. But hey , like Patty said, the chemo is on a mission to seek and kill any cancer cells inside her. We can deal with some fatigue.
It’s hard to tell from this photo, but the shirt Patty wore yesterday says: “I may have breast cancer, but I refuse to let the cancer have me!”
And yes… in case you were wondering… there is a new “mirror message!”