Jun 19, 2013 - 11:28 pm
Hi all. I wanted to thank you all once again for the encouraging things you said in response to my first post "So angry..." from a few weeks ago. Much has happened since then!
I've now had 3 chemo treatments (weekly Taxol for 3 months). Before the first one I had a fairly severe breakdown (just to recap, I have social anxiety disorder, so new situations are very difficult for me to deal with) but I did end up going through with the chemo. I really didn't feel much in terms of side effects for the first two treatments, so that was encouraging.
A few days before my third treatment, I developped a cold. Not fun! I went through with the chemo anyway on the third week, but told my ongologist and my nurse that my colds tend to turn into pneumonia, so could they please send me for a chest x-ray while I was at the hospital anyway to make sure everything was clear? They did send me for one, and perscribed me an antibiotic that I could take "just in case", but they didn't feel it was anything serious.
Fast forward to two days later, and I end up being rushed to emergency with a blood oxygen down around 85%, being pumped full of inhalors and steroids until I became physically ill, and spending 3 days in hospital on oxygen before I was allowed to go home. And to top it all off, my hair started falling out while I was in hospital. NOT the place you want to be dealing with that!
I've been home since Sunday, and i'm finally starting to feel better from the pneumonia today. Saw ongologist again on Tuesday who agreed that chemo would not be a great idea this week while i'm still recovering, so we will re-evaluate next week to see if I can start up again, or take another week off.
The good news in all of this, however, is that according to him I have one of the fastest shrinking tumors that he's ever seen! So, I guess if i can only get lucky with one thing on this whole journey, i'll take an awesome super shrinking tumor over hair or a few days in hospital on oxygen.