Patty and Nicole… Notice the “baby bump!” She’s due any day now… the tummy is much bigger!
Thank God it’s Friday! It’s been quite a week. If someone would have told me six months ago that our life would be so upside-down right now, I’d tell them they were crazy! Everything was going so well. Patty retired. We moved back to San Diego. I found a great job. The girls were both pregnant! Wow… everything was falling into place. Just when we were settling in and getting comfortable… God noticed and decided to wake us up and give us a challenge! Challenges are good… keeps you on your toes! Right?
Monday was my last post. In that post I was boasting how well Patty was doing from the last chemo infusion. Last Saturday she was down for the count with fatigue. Sunday, she was up and doing great. But… Monday came here and the fatigue decided Patty wasn’t tired enough so he had his way with her. She was down again for all of Monday and most of Tuesday. She started getting her strength back on Wednesday and by the end of Thursday she was tired, but almost back to normal. She’s been having little bouts with nausea but anti-nausea med’s seem to help quickly. Today she seems to be doing great.
Patty had an appointment with the Reconstruction Surgeon this past Tuesday. He said everything was looking great other than the fact that the incision hasn’t healed 100%. (it seems to be taking forever!) The good thing is that he cleared her to start Jazzercise again, but low impact. She’s ok with that. But, since the incision isn’t 100% healed, he won’t let her use the pool! Too bad since this week the weather has been in the mid to high 90’s with high humidity.
We met with another Radiologist Oncologist yesterday. He was very very thorough with us. He used the paper that covers the exam table in the room as his drawing pad and gave us a Cancer 101 crash course! He explained in layman’s terms everything one needed to know about breast cancer. From how they find it, ultra-sound it, diagnose it, grade it, stage it, chemo it, radiate it… etc. The bottom line in this appointment came at the end when he said: “In my opinion, you don’t need radiation therapy!” That was great news and we’re happy Patty doesn’t need to extend her treatment any more than necessary. If everything goes according to plan, December 14th will come around with her last chemo infusion then it’s back to healing and taking our lives off hold! We pray that it stays that way!
So, since Patty’s feeling pretty good today, and you know Patty, she jumped at the chance to go back to her love, Jazzercise! She took a low impact class and absolutely loved it. Everyone was really happy to see her back! She then flew home, showered and met Nicole at the movies (some chick flick!) She ran over to Kohl’s after the movie and bought a new pair of jeans (since she’s swimming in all her old jeans because she’s lost so much weight) and came home.
Speaking of weight… Patty’s probably lost about 20+ pounds over this whole ordeal. She lost weight going through the initial diagnosis phase due to stress and anxiety. Now she’s losing weight because her “taster” is all out of whack and food doesn’t taste good to her. You’d think she’d stop losing weight with all the root beer floats and smoothies she’s consuming! But, nope!
Overall, the chemo is taking its toll on her, but once we’re at about 10 to 12 days into it following the infusion, she does great. Her taster should start coming back by Sunday or Monday, then I’m going to do some serious cooking for her!