I have joked and said that chemo has been the easy part of this process. I am one of the fortunate ones who hasn’t experienced a lot of nausea. I attribute this to my dutiful nurses (Paolo especially) who make sure I keep up on meds and don’t miss a dose. Bone pain and fatigue are no joke though. I feel like all I do is sleep for about a week straight.
For those who don’t know, I have had some complications with my port. I developed blood clots in my jugular and down my arm which causes a lot of pain. To top that off I had an ear infection and pharyngitis. That was not a good week. Since I have blood clots, I was put on blood thinners, on May 10 I ended up in the ER with a hemoglobin level of 5!! For those who don’t know the range in women is 12-16. They had to give me a blood transfusion of 5 pints (almost more than half of my body’s blood supply) and that included a 4 day stay in the hospital. I was so happy to be released and I am sure my family and friends were too because I am sure I smelled pretty awful.
After many doctor appointments, I believe she had come to the best solution to fix my blood problem. I started on blood thinners again however they are giving me a Lupron shot to put me in pseudo menopause, so I won’t have that hemoglobin issue again. Yay, night sweats and hot flashes during the hot Paso summer! I apologize in advance for any erratic behavior, I promise it’s the hormones and not really me. :)
Thank you again to everyone for taking the time to read my story and for all of your kind thoughts and well wishes. It warms my heart to think of how many wonderful friends and family I have on my side.