4 more to go!




Here’s Patty, still keeping that smile on her face as she gets infusion #2!  Patty’s sister, Kathy, made the scarf!  (Patty’s favorite, by the way!)






Number 2 infusion is now behind us!  Well, at least the treatment end of it.  We’ve still got some side effects to deal with, but come on… only 4 more to go!

We met with the Oncologist at 11:45 yesterday morning.  Patty’s white cell count was within the normal range which was great news!  The doctor said she had read the report from the Radiation Oncologist.  She wasn’t very happy with the recommendation, or lack thereof, and said she wanted to refer Patty to another Radiation Oncologist for a 2nd opinion.  So that appointment will be coming up in the future.  She also said that the Pulmonary Specialist that Patty met with during the diagnostic phase wanted to have another CT Scan performed in November.  So we’ll have that in the future also.  Even though Patty is so mentally and physically done with tests, and the thought of having more tests is the last thing she wants, she knows that they’re doing these tests with her best interests in mind!  “You gotta do what you gotta do!”

The chemo infusion went very smooth.  The infusion room was really busy yesterday.  Sad, but it was a full house when we got there.  It’s just amazing to see the various people fighting cancer… people in their 20’s all the way to the elderly!  Cancer is not a picky disease.  Margarita, our nurse, was with us again.  She just got back from a voluntary mission to Lourdes.  While there, she thought of Patty and brough back a small vial of spring water from the grotto at Lourdes which is believed by some to possess healing properties!  What a sweet gesture!

I ran off to work this morning and Patty seemed to be feeling pretty good.  She said she had a little nausea in the middle of the night but had taken her anti-nausea medication and was feeling good.  hopefully she’ll have a couple good days before the fatigue sets in.  As of now, she’s doing great!


Chemo part II, coming to a theatre near you!

(Here’s Patty and our good friend Sandi taken during the summer of 2008)

Well today is the day for Patty’s second chemo infusion.  Only four more after today.  These past three weeks have been a learning experience for both of us.  Patty’s been taking notes every day since the last treatment to keep a record of how she was feeling… what foods tasted good to her etc.  We have a record, but we’re hearing that the outcome of each treatment is different.  We’ll soon find out. 

Food was an issue during the first two weeks following the last treatment. We’ve read and heard that you’ll have this metalic taste in your mouth following treatment.  Patty says that’s not true.  She says everything taste like cardboard with a little wallpaper glue aftertaste!  Not good at all.  She craved certain foods, but nothing tasted good to her.  Bread taste the same as meat, which taste the same as broccoli, which taste the same as turkey, which taste the same as Cherios, which taste the same as pasta… then if you add cheese or butter to the mix?   It comes out of her mouth as fast as it went in!   Not good at all!   As long as I’ve known Patty, she’s never been a big fan of rice.  Suddenly, rice is her best friend during chemo!  Just plain white rice.  No butter, no nothng.  (Don’t tell her but I make it with either chicken broth or vegetable broth hoping it gives her some nutrients!)  It seems to work for her.  We did realize that her “taster” slowly came back after two weeks so she’s been eating pretty well this past week.

Nauesa?  She experience a little nausea during the first couple of weeks.  The doctors pump her full of nausea medication the day before, day of and a few days following her infusion.  It seemed to get a handle on it.  Then if she had any feelings of nausea coming on she had med’s she could take.  Overall she did really well.

Fatigue?  Tons!  We found the first three days following her infusion were really good.  No fatigue whatsoever.  In fact she was on the treadmill those days.  But the fourth day???  Wham!  It hit and lasted pretty strong for 4 days.  I’m sure we can expect the same this time, probably more.  The doctor and nurses have said the chemo is a cumulative thing where the side effects lengthen after each infusion.  We’ll just have to wait and see.  A friend of ours who is currently going through her 2nd round of chemo told us that her first infusion was the worst and subsequent ones have not been bad at all.  Everyone is different.

Patty had her bloodwork done yesterday.  This is to test her white cell count to make sure it’s back up to normal.  Chemo has a tendency to kill off white blood cells which are the cells that fight off infection etc.  Hopefully those white cells have regenerated.  If so, we’re on for chemo today.  If not, they’ll have to postpone it for a week.  We meet with the Oncologist today at 11:45 a.m. to find out.  Hopefully it’s a “Go!”  We don’t want to delay any of this chemo.  Let’s do it and get it overwith!  Chemo is tentatively scheduled for today at 1:00 p.m.

Bottom line… We’ve learned from this last infusion that the side effects are pretty strong for the first two weeks.  She’s pretty much back to normal the third week.  Not much fatigue, no nausea and food taste good!  Overall she is doing well.  Just in time to do it all over again!

I’ll let you know how things go today!