Chemo Session # 6!

Last Tuesday's session hit the halfway point of the first round of my chemotherapy! We (my cheerleaders and I) really can't believe it! I have 5 more sessions to go, then I start the hardcore stuff, which is only every other week for 8 weeks, then it's off to surgery! (I have never looked more forward to surgery in my life.)
Today was really easy and seemed to go by a little quicker than normal. The day started off super duper early again, with my "chariot" as my dad likes to call it, picking me up at 8am. I know that doesn't sound that early, but lately, 'TIRED' has been my first, middle and last name. 
Dad and I drove off to the hospital for our day with the docs. My sister usually accompanies but today she was working ( See : Sleeping)  kidding kidddddding! But really, I don't blame her. 
So 8:30 am, first stop: Blood Draw! This comes from my port so it's always a walk in the park and the nurses are pretty feisty and fun. Jeanie, who I told you about in "Chemo Sesh #5" was there to ask me who that gentleman was that always comes along with me, hinting at the possibility of him being my boyfriend which I very quickly explained was my father, and asked how she couldn't see the striking resemblance between us? She responded with "Well, Monica on 'Friends' dated that older fellow, so I don't know!"......
I told her that she was going to be very confused when I bring my actual boyfriend next week,  who has a very, shall we say, youthful face. 
Next stop -my favorite stop- the hospital cafeteria! Dad and I spent about an hour eating, gabbing and gossiping. He's the best.
Around 11:00 we met with my doctor, who recorded on my charts while I described the whole slew of issues/side effects I've been having, some of which are mentioned in the previous posts. I don't like to be a complainer but this chemo stuff is tough. There are so many side effects that it's hard for me to remember them all (chemo brain), and only after I had taken off my top for the physical exam, did more start coming to mind, so I should point out that standing in the middle of a cold room, while 1 doctor and 3 interns stare at you half naked explaining your very personal physical issues is an especially humbling experience. She then did the exam and announced she couldn't even feel the tumor anymore. HOOORAH!! (I can still feel it and see it, but hey, I will take her word over mine any day if that's the news).
Doc also gave me the green light for the Neuopogen shot because my white blood cell count was back on the low side. Typically there is a 24 hour wait period after chemo before the patient (me) has to inject themselves so I got to shoot it up the next day. ouch. 
Next up: Chemo Time! My sissy showed up around noon in the cutest jumpsuit I've ever seen, with her wild, curly long black hair 'a flowin'. Even with cancer, fashion never rests.
Susan was my infusion nurse today and she is one of my favorites. I did my regular jump in to the magic chair, asked for 5 warm blankets, and promptly passed the F out with the first drip of Benadryl. 
After the session, the cheerleaders and I drove to Dad's house for the basketball game, in which, if you haven't heard, the Golden State Warriors won!!! Below is a photo of us watching the game - you will notice I have my sunglasses on; these days I can't stand the sunlight after chemo so even though I look like one of those nuts who wear their sunglasses inside, it feels so right.  

 

In the waiting room with Queen Latif

In the waiting room with Queen Latif

Gift from my sister

Gift from my sister

The sun isn't going to stop me from watching them Warriors

The sun isn't going to stop me from watching them Warriors

My strikingly handsome and youthful looking man-friend. 

My strikingly handsome and youthful looking man-friend.