As I’ve mentioned, the chemo regimen for these drugs is two weeks on and one week off. Last week was my off week which made for a nice reprieve. However, I didn’t feel so good for most of the week. I don’t know if it’s lingering bronchitis or just my body’s inability to fight the little things off but I had a nagging cough, sore throat, and laryngitis. And for this girl the inability to talk is quite the beating. Not to mention it makes parenting rather difficult. As my friend Molly said, “does he sniff your weakness?” I believe the answer is yes he did! And on Friday I took him to meet Andrew and Mandy to play at Chick-fil-A and threw up all the way to the bathroom. That’s a fun play date. And my apologies to the patrons who may or may not have seen the lady throwing up and her napkin or in the trashcan on the way to the bathroom. Gross.
I actually felt bad enough that I reached out to my nurse to see if I could get some more medicine and she wanted me to come in for them to look me over. Thankfully I haven’t had fevers which is their biggest concern but once they did my blood work they had a quick explanation for my fatigue and lethargy. My blood work numbers were as low as they’ve ever been. They put me on a third antibiotic and so far I think it may be working. My voice is on the mend and I no longer sound like a two pack a day smoker.
This morning, I’m headed back to Baylor for a scan and more bloodwork. I have a love/hate relationship with the scans. Of course we want the information but are sometimes a little scared of it too. My liver numbers seem to be a little bit better. At one point they peaked at about 4 to 5 times the upper limit of normal but they have come back down to about three times the upper limit of normal. This and the decrease in swelling in my boob give us hope that the chemo is slowing the progression of the cancer. But we shall know more once the scan results are in – either later today or tomorrow. Tomorrow I will be back for labs to see how my blood levels are and if I need a shot to get my numbers up for chemo on Thursday. Then back on Thursday for chemo.
In between my cruddy week and this week o’ doctors, we did manage some fun with friends. We took Lincoln on his first trip to A&M for a baseball game that was super exciting albeit hot for a three-year-old. But I am unashamed to let the college brainwashing again. His daddy is rather proud of his Red Raiders so I feel the need to get some maroon in his system as soon as I can. We were with my college roommates and Jamie and her family. Friends make everything better! And that includes all of you who read this and care about us and pray for us and take care of Lincoln and bring us meals and pray! We are so thankful.