Wednesday, May 22, 2013

33rd Anniversary Chemo!

Nothing like celebrating your anniversary while getting your chemo!  I had mentioned on the way to Dana Farber that today was our 33rd anniversary.  Rick had not realized that today was 5/22 so while I was waiting to be connected to the Gemzar, he went out to the local Hallmark store, bought a balloon, card, and truffles.  He's pretty special!
We had a little pre-treatment surprise - while my red blood count was OK, my white count was well below the safe range. So we had to discuss whether we'd delay or skip treatment.  Or I could have treatment and come back tomorrow afternoon for a Neulasta shot.  I did choose this last option as I really didn't want to skip a treatment that has been highly successful.  Having the Neulasta shot means I will need to take Claritin for a few days to ward off the bone pain it causes when it stimulates the bone marrow. 
Hope everyone enjoys the Memorial Day weekend.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Beautiful weather and beautiful results!

The weather here in New Hampshire is fabulous - sunny skies and temps between the mid 60's and low 70's.  And to go along with the gorgeous weather, I have more good news - my tumor markers dropped from 500 on 4/11 to 275 on 5/1!!!  When you find a chemo that works, the results can be dramatic!  And the better news is that this chemo is not too harsh with its side effects.  My blood counts are a little low, but not so low that I couldn't have treatment on Wednesday and I have my week off so now I've got two weeks for blood counts to rebound. 

And did I mention that I went on another little San Juan with my sister!  We spent six days oceanfront and by a nice pool enjoying the sun and 80 degree weather, and maybe a cocktail or two :>)  We had a really great time despite a few service issues with the hotel (Marriott).  She got really lucky in the casino and came home with all her money...I, on the other hand, was not that lucky.  But it was fun hanging out with her and it's a good thing she has a strong grip - she had to open every single water bottle because I had no chance.  Those caps were ridiculously tight.  And she treated me to a great meal for my birthday in Old San Juan.  We both came home with fabulous tans - we were at the pool in our favorite sun-worshiping position by 8:30 every morning!

And one more piece of good news - I have a new great granddaughter. Katie and Deven (Ron's Christine's son) welcomed to their family Miss Lilyana Regina, 7 lbs 14 oz  this past Tuesday.