Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Chemo #6 done...75% complete!

I am home and relaxing after finishing my 6th treatment (2nd Taxol) and I am 75% complete.  I can see light at the end of the chemo tunnel and it is calling me like a lighthouse beacon! 

Christine and Allison were with me today, and they made the 6 hour marathon go by quickly.  They went in with me to see the PA and he asked if we were all on!  We played cribbage, they went to lunch then brought back clam chowdah and homemade "no sugar added" apple pie from a nearby apple farm, and some iced tea (which turned out to be quite the hunt - the restaurant had no "to go" cups!)

We are thinking about "movie time" for the next session.  Popcorn, Milk Duds, and a chick flick should help pass the time.

Because I tolerated everything so well last round, they reduced the Benadryl from 50 mg to 25 mg.  I am not using the Scopolamine patch (unless I end up needing it) because I had zero nausea last time.  And so far, I don't have any significant neuropathy.

My White Blood Count was 3 which is pretty low.  It was 12 last time, so I didn't get Neulasta.  In theory, Taxol doesn't tank the whites.  But since I have just 3 left, I can only surmise that I would be in the "nothing left" category by my next chemo session.  And I don't want anything to delay Day One of PFC (Post Final Chemo or as many warriors like to say, Post F#$#ing Chemo). 

 And then, the ever-accommodating Financial Advisor, along with my chemo nurse, spent half the day trying to get approval from Anthem BC/BS to give me the shot tomorrow.  Anthem has no problem with me having the shot.  But they want DF to order it from a specific pharmacy who would overnight  the drug.  Then once it arrives they would dispatch a nurse to do the injection.  But...they cannot guarantee that it would arrive in time to get the nurse here within the 72-hour window when the Neulasta needs to be injected, in order to be effective.   Apparently, Anthem is the ONLY insurance company that DF deals with that cannot understand that the New Hampshire facility is a satellite clinic and not a hospital.  Let's hope this is the LAST Neulasta for me!


  1. Sounds like today was a breeze and the last is as easy. Insurance companies are the pits.


  2. I'm so pleased that the day went well. It is so nice that you had your family to keep you company. That does help pass the time more quickly.

    You are one determined and brave lady. I can only hope to be half as courageous as you if I were to find myself in your circumstances. You are my idol.

  3. Michelle, Jennifer from Maine. I follow your blog. I am receiving chemo for stage 3 bc. I get #4 A/C tomorrow then start taxol in two weeks. How do you find the se?

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