Friday, December 21, 2007

#4 over and done with!

It's been a while since I've posted. I was been busy wrapping up Christmas shopping before my next treatment. Thankfully, I got it all done and had my treatment yesterday. #4 over and done with! It went pretty well. I was able to relax and rest for most of the time and read a couple magazines. I had some cold symptoms, so I think the Benadryl all went towards drying up my nose instead of giving me the jitters. Just a little "antsy legs" was all. There was a lady there who was having the same meds as me and she was on her 6th and last treatment. She had an orange tiger stuffed animal in her chair that the nurses let people keep with them during their last treatment. Two more times and the tiger is mine!!!

I'll be getting the neulasta shot after each treatment from now on to keep my counts from falling. I got it today and it still stings like a bugger!! My fingers and feet are also getting more and more numb. The nurse said it was normal and should get better once I stop treatment. But it's very annoying.

I'm feeling pretty crummy already. After my treatment on Thursday, we went to see Santa at the Mall of Georgia. Then we went to the food court for dinner. I saw the chinese place and it looked really good so I got a huge plate full of sesame chicken and rice. Big mistake! The msg and seasonings were all it took for the chemo sickness to kick in. I haven't fully gotten rid of the nausea yet! I took an anti-nausea pill today, Phenergen, and slept ALL day long. I woke up only long enough to go to Caroline's Christmas party at school then the dr's for the shot. Then home and back to sleep. I'm finally awake now and it's after 11pm. But I doubt I'll stay up long. It's so much better to be asleep and not feel the nausea and ickiness! I just hope I'm feeling better by Christmas. I know the pattern now and it should ease up after a couple days. Maybe just a bad weekend is all I'm in for, then Christmas Eve I'll get that rebound effect and be back to myself. Thank goodness we are ready for Santa Claus! Smartest thing I ever did was getting my shopping done early!

This year we'll be staying home on Christmas Day. Normally we get together with my mom's side of the family for the crazy "Bannister Christmas!" But with me and mom both going through chemo and not having the same stamina, we decided it would be best to skip it. It really makes me sad, this is the first Christmas EVER that we won't get to experience the chaos! But I just think staying up late on Christmas Eve to "help" Santa, then getting up early with the girls, opening presents and having Jan and her family come over in the afternoon . . . I will probaby be miserable by evening anyway. Heck, I can't even climb the stairs without panting and I've started taking baths instead of showers so I can lie down! And mom can only last a couple hours per outing. Shopping has been a challenge for her because she gives out way before she's done. Gosh, I remember when we used to have shopping marathons - we'd get out early and go to a few stores, have lunch, go to a few more, have dinner, then more stores, and finally have a late dessert before crashing at home! It's been a tradition to be in a store, any store, at closing on Christmas Eve! It really makes me hate the big "C" all that much more for ruining our traditions and all our fun!

So I'm going to wish everyone "Merry Health!" this Christmas! And a "Healthy New Year!" I sure hope 2008 turns out to be a lot better!!!


Roses Are Red, Violets are Violet said...

Wishing you a stamina-filled, semi-chaotic, love-filled, laughter-filled, spirit-lifting Christmas, Melinda.

You deserve it.

HaleyD said...

Hope you had a very merry Christmas!