Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Last Chemo!

Tomorrow is my last chemo treatment of Taxotere and Cytoxan.

I will be so ecstatic once I get past the next week of suffering and start the recovery process without having to be knocked down again a couple of weeks later.

Overall, I have been OK, but I have felt much weaker due to becoming slightly anemic. My red blood count has gone down consistently after each treatment. Last time I was a 10.2; below 12 is considered anemic. My counts will probably go down a little more, but hopefully not too much. If they get close to an 8, I may have to have a blood transfusion...which I do not want.

Monkey is getting better and actually made it to school today...but now the Rationalist has a slight fever, says he feels funny, and is starting to form blisters inside his mouth...joy. Despite all my efforts and reminders to wash hands, not share food, and keep their distance from each other, I couldn't keep it from spreading.

The main concern now is to keep me from getting it. I'm given tons of steroids during chemo which suppresses the immune systems ability to fight infection. That, combined with the damage my body takes from the chemo itself, puts me in danger of infection. The chemo can also cause mouth sores and blisters on its own...so getting this little germ my boys are carrying would be bad news for me.

I'm praying a lot...and plan to not leave my bedroom for a week!

I probably won't post for a while again.

I'll be too busy trying to get through this last gauntlet.

The good news is that when I get back to regular posting, I won't have to whine about hating chemo.


jackscrow said...

You are in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on being done with treatment! Get ready to need a hairdresser again :)