Jun 09, 2011 - 7:43 pm
I had my lab drawn on Tuesday, so I could get my CA 125 results. They only run them on Tuesday. My marker did not drop like I had hoped. It was 56 and now it is 50. The doctor in Florida told me my "new normal" may be higher than 35, so maybe this is my new normal. I know I should be thankful for a drop, but I wanted below 35.
My port did not draw blood, so they had to use Activase to dissolve a clot that forms. The port worked fine on Wed and Thurs. I hope it stays open now.
The plan is the complete Chemo number 6 this week. I did well with day 1 of chemo. We were there from 8-4 today, but everything went well. THursday we were there from 8:30 - 5. Thursday did go well,too. The nurse was going to run the medication over 1 hour, but I told her I wanted them to titrate the rate up and run it over 3 hours. The pharmacist agreed it should be titrated, but she forgot to label it that way. So you do need to speak up for yourself. It is your body. I did not have a reaction either.
Unfortunatly the Cisplatin drug is what makes me have the metallic taste. The food and drink has tasted good the last week, and I will start all over with the metallic taste. We had pizza for supper. Ever had "metallic pizza". New flavor. You should try it when you are not very hungry.
Then on June 20th I will have a Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvic CAT scan to see if anything has changed. They call this restaging of the disease. I will see the doctor June 28 for lab and review of the CAT scan results. Then I will know if I need another chemo session on June 29, 30. I was so hoping that number 6 would be the last treatment, but we won't know until June 28. How many times have you heard me say "i hope this is the last round" One of these days it will be true.
I have had a pulled muscle from gardening in my rib cage area for two weeks now. I am hoping that the inflammation from the pulled muscle may have been the reason the cancer marker did not drop very much. Otherwise I hope my new normal is higher.
I have been tired from the 5th round of chemo, but did not have as much nausea. So I hpe the nausea stays away this round, too. Because of my pulled muscle I have pretty much spent time in the recliner. Could not even sleep in bed due to the discomfort. It is getting much better now. I slept in bed last night. My gardens are calling me to work in them. There is so much deadheading that needs to be done. Someday.
Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers they are much appreciated.