Second Chemo Treatment Over With

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   Posted 9/9/2010 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I was up at 6:30am this morning smhair .  my daughter picked me and Charles up at 8 and dropped us off at the hospital. She had to go to some of her college classes. I had labs at 8:15 saw my oncologist after that and asked if there is anything I could use for the breakthrough pain bacause the patch wasn't helping it all. He gave me a perscription for vicoden. Sure hope my stomache can handle it. Alot of oral meds make me sick rolleyes . For some reason the area where they put the port was very painful today and the incision up by my neck is red and inflamed so he put me on an antibiotic for the next 7 days. 4 times a day. that should be interesting trying to remember the pills having both chemo and fibro fog shocked . LOL I wonder how many I will have left over at the end of 7 days.
My blood counts were all good so that was a blessing.  He also scheduled a cat scan for the 28th of September. He said that if the cancer has shrunk quite a bit I might only have to do 4 cycles instead of 6 before the radiation. (positive thinking and prayers please.)
Then it was up stairs for my treatment. They started me on the benadryl, Anti-Nausea med and steroids. I didnt get steroids last time so I was a little surprised by that one but it explains why I have been hungry today. I might be the only cancer patient to gain weight instead of losing it. LOL
We finally got done around 4:30 and I am feeling pretty good even managed to stop at our cell company and went and picked up my medication from the pharmacy. Maybe this time wont be as bad as last time. I will keep my fingers crossed. lol
Thanks all of you for your continued prayers and your encouraging posts. You have no idea how much they mean to me. I read them over and over and it never fails to lift my spirits. You are all so wonderful and I am so glad that I have found you. You are all the greatest and I love you all
Gentle Hugs
DX: Fibro, Gerds, COPD, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, High Blood Pressure, and Depression.
When I get where Im going dont cry for me down here. (Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton)

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   Posted 9/9/2010 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Shirley, My prayers are with you. Sending gentle hugs and love your way. I'm
thinking positive thoughts for you, my friend. Hoping the vicoden provides the
pain relief you need and that you get a very good night's sleep. You are a strong
woman Shirley and like I said before I admire are an inspiration!

Hugs, Robin

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   Posted 9/9/2010 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I am happy that another round is done!  I hope that you continue to feel OK (as good as you can feel with fibro and chemo).  Try to keep your spirits up.  And I can send my cat over to give you a cat scan tongue .  In fact, I have 3!  I had hodgkins disease 13 yrs ago and was treated with only radiation.  I found that the radiation wasn't too bad until the end of the 5 weeks.  I could not eat anything because nothing tasted good.  And I was tired but tried to keep some kind of normalcy in my life.  You are an inspiration and a strong woman.  Don't forget that!

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   Posted 9/9/2010 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm so glad your blood counts were all good!! I know what you mean about all the posts lifting your spirits. I love that about this forum....we all really do care about eachother, even though we haven't's like we're in a war zone together or something! And your voice is always a sunny one, in spite of all you're going through. Here's to better days :)

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   Posted 9/10/2010 1:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Shirley, I was so happy to read your post and hear that things have been going rather well for you so far. That's wonderful news, as so often, we hear just the horror stories. Not to diminish what you're going thru, but it sounds like a lot of luck and a lot of prayers have made things a bit easier for you.

I hope your appetite continues to stay robust. I think that's one of the key things that helps people beat tough odds - when you have the energy to keep going, you never know how far you'll go! It sounds like you have a pretty good team working with you.

I keep you in my prayers and I hope your next report is as happy as this one.

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   Posted 9/10/2010 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
So glad to see your post.  That's really great that you were able to do a few things afterward.  You just continue to be such an inspiration to us all.  I am praying for you everyday and will continue to do so.  We are all behind you and love you!!!!
"When life knocks you on your knees, you're in the perfect position to pray."

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   Posted 9/10/2010 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   

Progress!  You go, girl!  Sending lots of hugs and prayers your way.



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   Posted 9/10/2010 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Shirley, I just got up a bit ago, and read your post. It was really nice to hear some good news first thing in the morning.

It's obvious someone with much authority and power is looking out for you! God does hear our prayers, and we who believe this, will keep em coming.

I'm glad yesterday was as good as it was, and hope the antibiotics will clear up any infection.

Be sure to remind us all right before the brain scan so we can intercede on your behalf.

Have a nice, hopefully relaxing day.

Wishing you peace & joy

Debbie S

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   Posted 9/10/2010 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Sending you big hugs Shirley and keeping you in my prayers.

Don't think about what you used to be able to do............Think about what you DID do today !

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   Posted 9/10/2010 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Morning Shirley!!!
I'm glad that chemo session is behind you!!! You had me cracking up about the eating with the steroids. Can you make sure you put your med's in those daily pill cases? Maybe even breaking them down to hourly time frames to make it easier to take over the weekend???
I find myself more and more counting the pills in the bottle, and counting the days I've had them to see if I took the right amount. (Fibro can be such a drag!!)

yeah For your blood count being up enough to have your session done.

I will continue to keep you in my prayers lady. You are such an inspiraton to all of us, you continue to remain positive which is so very important!!! Your positive energy is contagious and I love it!!! Continue to stay strong!!! Relax and get some rest this weekend.

Hugs, Hugs and mor Hugs to you!!


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   Posted 9/10/2010 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, two down and hopefully only two more to go.  Ah, my grandmother's tumor shrunk really small and went into remission and never did start up again!  I'm praying for that to happen for you, too.  (She passed on 15 years later of something completely different!)
Be sure to sit down now and make a little chart or list as to when to take your medications.  Then, when  you take the pills, check it off.  That's the only way you will remember all of this and this is too important to be forgetting.  Please do this, alright?  I do this if I have to take several different things for an illness and it really does help a lot.
Maybe if you take the medication with a little food...a few crackers....that could help protect your stomach from all of this stuff, too.  I do hope you keep your appetite up.  This is good for your body and helps you keep your strength up.  Besides, if you gain a little, who cares?  You have the best excuse in the world!   wink  
I hope this post is finding you feelng good.  I already know you have a smile on  your face.  You certainly are amazing.
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