Tuesday was chemo day. Good friend Kirsten took me for a couple of reasons. It gave Marty time off as my caregiver, and Kirsten and I had two to three hours of just us talking. Two hours is never enough for us, we are like a couple of teenagers yakking away.
The chemo process as usual is no big deal. Doesn't hurt and the side effects don't usually kick in until I get home. These two drugs are not making me sick as the pre Christmas chemo did. I have very light nausea and tiredness. Pills are controlling the nausea and naps work on being tired.
Now the chemo brain is a whole different story. I can't remember squat. And I do dumb things. The other night I was going to turn off the kitchen light with its remote, But it didn't work. Why, you ask? It didn't work because I was punching on the TV remote.
I am able to do some domestic stuff: cook, wash dishes, sort laundry, and yesterday I rearranged some furniture. I have days I think the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is wrong. I feel good, nothing hurts, no trips to the ER. How can I be a cancer patient? Well I know I am and I know I am lucky to feel as good as I do. Thank you prayer warriors.
Monday I had blood work done and a test was added. It is the baseline test that identifies the type of cancer. This is the third time they have done it. I don't know much about it, but do know the test came back with lower numbers. That is great news. But what it really means, I don't know.
This afternoon I have a CT Scan to see what the mass is doing, growing, shrinking, spreading. I am just a little nervous for several reasons. If you remember the last time we did this, they couldn't get a good vein for the IV and I went through hell as they struggled to find a vein. A lot of crying and pain that trip. I told my doctor how scared I was of going through that again. She had a way to avoid that.
I have a port in my chest for the chemo and lab work done in oncology.. No other departments are allowed to touch it. My doctor set up that oncology will put in a link for the radiologist tech to use, I will have the scan, and then oncology will pull the link. Thank you Dr. Kuan! One less panic attack for me.
Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts.