The way this works is that prior to each chemotherapy treatment I require blood analysis to ensure my body is ready for the treatment. Today my blood analysis showed that my neutrophil level is too low to proceed with chemo tomorrow. So my appointment has been postponed until next week. I will have blood analysis done again either Friday or Tuesday to know if I am ready for treatment. It’s good to know that the next session won’t happen until my body is ready to handle it.
I asked my doctor when and how my progress will be measured. After cycle 3 I will have a CT scan with contrast to measure the size of the mass. This test will be performed close to the beginning of cycle 4. After cycle 6 I will have another PET scan.
I also learned today that following my 6 cycles of chemotherapy I will have 3-4 weeks of daily radiation therapy. This will take my treatment into December.
I have been feeling good over the last 10 days or so. I have been sleeping well and have a good appetite and energy level.
As of today my hair has almost totally fallen out, all that is left seem to be the stubborn grey hair that look transparent. My head reminds me of Charlie Brown with only a few hair on my round head. It has fascinated me how suddenly my hair began falling out, and how much would come out each day. Over the last 7 days virtually all of my hair has come out. At the moment I shed more than Vodka does. I will remain without hair until a few months after the chemotherapy ends. This means hats and scarves for the next 8 months and then some. It’s a good thing I like wearing hats.
I am learning new things everyday about how to live with reduced immunity. Fresh flowers and houseplants are not good to be around. I now wear a mask and gloves when I clean the cat’s litter. In general to avoid crowds and increase hand washing. My hands are so dry! Ouch!
I spoke with a dietician the other day. Interesting to know that I can eat whatever I want. The main thing to have an appetite and eat, yet try to make wise choices. I have lost weight over the last three weeks despite having a good appetite for the last 10 days. I learned that I am to avoid sushi and raw fish and make sure that meats are cooked thoroughly.
Now that I know my treatment schedule is not written in stone I can relax. I have to admit I am a little relieved that my treatment is postponed. I am really trying to let go of the first experience and tell myself that the next one will go well. Inside I have mixed feelings at the thought of another treatment. A little more time to rest and think positive thoughts is a good thing.
I sparkle on…one day at a time. 🙂