Well folks, things have happened since I last posted.
First, I’m once again reminded that we are surrounded by some pretty amazing people who have all helped us reach the right people at the OU Stephenson Cancer Center. I’m sure the administration is tired of hearing about my situation at this point – so thanks, friends! You guys are the best.
For those who know me, I am a problem solver. A process creator. I LOVE identifying issues, creating a plan and implementing it. So, by nature, I just want to fix the problems I’ve experienced. Having been in management for several years, I can see how mistakes like this can happen. Generally, it isn’t because an employee doesn’t care. It isn’t personal. But, that doesn’t make it any less concerning, frustrating or real.
So the good news is that I will be meeting with the director of the center to discuss the problems we have had. I’m really happy that he is taking the time to talk to us. I will do my best to not give my suggestions on how to fix the problems. I’ve got lots of ideas already. Alan might have to muzzle me.
On to chemo…
Yesterday, we had a really good appointment with Dr. Razaq. Not in the form of good news, but in that she talked to us about the problems we had and gave us a game plan for our next steps. By the way, she read my blog. That was a nice awkward moment in the conversation.
Long story short, my OncoDX Type test, which tells my chance of recurrence, came back with results that were intermediate. That stinks, but was not unexpected. Chemo is necessary.
Things are moving really fast now.
Monday morning: I meet with Dr. Razaq to discuss chemo in more detail.
Monday afternoon: I go for a heart scan – a standard test before we start.
Tuesday morning: I get my port placed.
Thursday: I get my first treatment. Gulp.
This weekend, I will spend time nesting in preparation to feel cruddy next weekend. I’m more than happy that we are moving forward, but that doesn’t make me any less terrified of the next step.
Four months…that’s nothing, right? I’ll be done with treatment just in time for me to drink a beer while I watch the first OU football game this fall.
I got this.