This saint, also my namesake Michelle, is the Financial Advisor. She spent countless hours on the phone with my insurance company trying to convince them that this location was a chemo infusion center and not the main hospital in Boston. Her patience and perseverance knew no boundaries.
My labs were ok, not great. I was hoping to avoid the Neulasta shot, but my WBC was only 5. It's been going down at least 9 points so I'll go back tomorrow at 1 p.m. for one more stick. I'll have some bone pain for a few days, probably starting on Saturday. But it's not too bad - Tylenol has taken care of it so far. My liver enzymes fell nicely into the normal range so the Tylenol won't be a problem. But even better, I can safely enjoy a couple of umbrella drinks on the beach or by the pool when we go to Florida next month. Yesssss!!! And I am anemic and my protein level is low, so I'll continue to focus on proteins and other iron-rich foods.
I will have to continue on all of my meds for a couple of months. Neuropathy can still rear its ugly head, heartburn is still making itself known although pretty well controlled with the daily Pepcid and Prilosec. I need to continue the generic Valtrex for at least six months as my body will continue to be stressed out for a while - further surgeries, radiation, etc.
So what's next, you ask? Just a few specialists appointments:
Oct 5 - DIEP surgeon consultation at Faulkner Hospital and drop off radiation records at Brigham & Women's in Boston
Oct 11 - PET/CT scan at River's Edge - part of Eliot Hospital in Manchester, NH
Oct 14 - Radiation Oncology consultation at Brigham & Women's even though Dr. Harris is on staff at Dana Farber
And then...my niece and nephew are coming for the weekend, and then...we are going to DelRay Beach in Florida for a week. We need a rest!!!
Back in March, I couldn't even imagine the end of chemo without some dire side effects. But the Dana Farber team listened to my every concern and made the necessary adjustments so that I would suffer as little as possible. I really couldn't ask for more.
Chemo is a wrap!