It was a long day, but we will take long days like this when they turn out to be so good!
First up, our appointment with Dr. Moulder, the oncologist. She gave us the chemo plan which consists of 12 rounds of Taxol once a week, followed by four rounds of Adriamycin/Cytoxan/5-FU once every three weeks. Total treatment: 6 months.
Some of this might change since this oncologist won’t be the one administering the chemo. We meet with a local oncologist at OU’s Cancer Center on Thursday.
Next, we met with a pharmacist who talked to us about the side effects of the chemo drugs. Fun stuff. The worst will be the Adriamycin/Cytoxin/5-FU. That’s where all the nausea/vomitting comes in. The symptoms are harder with each treatment. So by month 6, I bet I’m a peach to be around. In fact, by month 6, you guys might want to throw poor Alan a life raft.
Next stop, Dr. Gainer, our breast surgeon. Sigh. This was a bittersweet appointment. Bitter because it is my last appointment with her, aside from future annual mammograms. Sweet because I got my pathology report back, and it was good news, guys. She removed 23 lymph nodes last week. Out of 23, guess how many had cancer cells?
ZERO. ZILCH. NADA.
From there, we saw Dr. Kronowitz, our plastic surgeon. He said everything looks great. They even added saline to my expander!
Next, we went to get an ultrasound. This was ordered by the Infectious Disease department as a step toward getting me off antibiotics. I’ve been on heavy-duty antibiotics since late November. That’s a long time to be on antibiotics.
The ultrasound was to tell us if I had any of that pesky fluid that was causing the problem around my expander. Guess how much fluid I had?
NONE. ZILCH. NADA.
Finally, we headed to Infusion Therapy to get my PICC line removed. YAY! Guess how many more nightly saline and heparin flushes? Guess how many more sterile dressing changes? Guess how many more times I’ll get my lines caught on my shirt sleeve? Guess how often I’ll wrap my arm in Saran Wrap and waterproof tape for a shower?
ZERO. ZILCH. NADA.
It was a really, really long day. But there was a wide variety of great news.
I’m on cloud nine, guys.
It’s been a long, but really GOOD day!
Now, bring on the chemo.