Katt, calm down. You can get through this. I had my blood work done the day I did the chemo. Of course, I had 4 A/C and then Taxol alone. Ladies who had this treatment, is there any reason she can not do drug test the same day? Katt, I do not know about the shots. I did not have them. My RBC was always high enough and my WBC got low only once and I missed a treatment between the A/C and the Taxol. Also, call you insurance company. I know it is an HMO and I have a PPO, surely these are Dr visit co-pays, not lab and injection co-pays as well.
Also, depending on how large your company is, perhaps you can check into "borrowing" sick time -- may be you won't be sick at all, but miss only the time for the chemos. Surely you can do without two hours every two weeks.
Most of all, everything is going to work out. For me, I started getting some hair back while still going through treatment -- not much. Exactly five weeks after my last chemo treatment, I started getting my "five o'clock shadow on my head". Again, you are tough and you will get through.
We're here for you and have been through this. It is going to be better tomorrow. Get some sleep tonight so you will feel better.
Gosh I know how hard this can be on a person and then to be concerned about money only seems to make it worse.
Just a thought, see if you can get your chemo on fridays and if you don't work weekends you will have sat and sun to recoop. I had to take shots for my WBC and they did them at the end of each one of my treatments so I never had to come in for a shot I got it before I left that day maybe you can do the same thing. Oh and see if you can come in after work to get your lab done, no need to lose work hours if you don't need to, hopefully where you get your chemo and lab done at is in the same town as you!!
Post Edited (Brnadebt) : 8/19/2005 9:37:11 AM (GMT-6)
The Onc told me about the portacath because I asked. I just hate the thought of going to the hospital again and getting cut. I for got to aask though if they use anesthesia or just a sedative like. My last surgery, the anesthesia really did me in for a couple of days. They said if my veins can' take it I may have to get one anyway. I went yesterday and got this Zoladex shot that stops you from ovulating. I'm going to the beach from the 1st to the 11th and expecting my period right in the middle of vac. She said if nothing else it will lessen my bleeding if not make it go away. I will have to take these shots during my chemo anyway. I'm a very heavy bleeder. I guess that's the only thing I have to look forward to about chemo is that my period will go away.
Bernadette, are you able to take normal showers with the portacath? I guess there's a little piece that sticks out somewhere? My attitude is really sucking with this whole thing. Not that I had a good one before any of this happened. The Onc office did say that they wouldn't charge me the copay for extra visits, bloodwork and the shot the next day. Only if I ended up seeing the doc. So this helps. It's just when I think I may be getting my bills down some, something else comes up to put me even further behind like this. So far I haven't had to pay anything except copayments with my insurance. I am very thankful for that. My company is small. They did advance me 3 vac days for when I had my surgery in July. I get vac as of 9/1. I only get 3 weeks but I have to make it last until September of next year.
Anyway, thank you for your encouraging words. I'm sure most of you felt similar to how I'm feeling now. I'm not trying to sound like "poor pitiful me" even though it may seem to come across that way. I'm just having a very hard time dealing with this as I'm sure most of you have, and I just needed to express myself or vent or to just talk in general.
Thanks and hugs to everyone here.
I'm going back to the wig shop today, they ordered a catalog that has 2 wigs in it I saw on line and in the color I like. The catalog will let me better see the actual color. It was hard to tell online what burgundy looked like. Sorry, I am just determined to wear a wig.
I can't get the port a cath right now. There's not enough time to do bloodwork etc since I am going on vac. I am not giving up my vacation. I live right outside Washington DC, so it's a BIG area. I don't know about good docs and stuff, who has time to check all this stuff when everything seems to have to move so fast. Things have been good so far with all the docs. All the poeple at the radiation office were very nice. My boyfriend is not much help. I feel like I am going thru this alone. He said he thought I didn't want to really talk about it. I may have said that sometime back. But the fact of the matter is, when I TRY to tell him something about anything in general not even about cancer, he doesn't listen, he starts playing with the dog or some crap. One day I will be in there dead and he won't know it for hours. He doesn't know how to act to crap like this anyway. I guess he didn't get much affection growing up.