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Dec 6, 2018 12:30PM
Hello fellow divers. I hope that it's been quiet here because you're all out living your lives in good health. I'm looking at my LAST Herceptin on December 21 and my port comes out on the 26th (snuck in under the wire since my deductible will kick back in on January 1).
Bit of a set back though. I'd scheduled a Cozumel dive trip for December 6 -10 (yes, starting today) but I've had to cancel it. Last month, I started having sharp pain in my left leg and an ultrasound confirmed that a had 2 blood clots, one deep, one on the surface. MO put me on Xarelto blood thinner for 3 months. I called DAN and they confirmed that blood thinners, blood clots and diving don't mix. So no Cozumel for me, but my wetsuit is going on vacation with my dive buddy. Boo!
Turns out, blood clots are not uncommon with cancer patients because many of the drugs (like Herceptin) are designed to mess with proteins. Blood clotting is all about proteins too and of course, safe diving is all about blood gas. So there you go (to cite My Big Fat Greek Wedding).
I'm pretty disappointed because I was going to use the trip to gauge how prepared I would be for a scheduled live-aboard dive trip to Oman (Middle East) next April. After I get this blood clot thing figured out, I plan to sneak in a trip to Cozumel before April, since I haven't gotten my gills wet since April 2017!
Anyone want to join me in Cozumel for a "long weekend" in February or March? I have 2 friends in Cozumel, but would be happy to have a dive buddy, too.
What frosts me the most is that I'm active (even through chemo), reasonable weight and don't smoke. The blood clots surprised me AND my docs. There could be a genetic reason, but the MO said there was no point in blood testing for it because the treatment would still be the same.
So head's up, ladies. Clots can be dangerous if they travel from your extremities to your lungs or brain. This is another SE on the menu that is "common" but is not always mentioned (lest it become self-fulfilling). During my last infusion, all the nurses nodded knowingly.
My MO has agreed to call the DAN docs after the blood thinners to understand what he needs to check to clear me to dive. Crossing my fingers, but I've insured the trip, all the same. Sure hope I don't have to cancel.
Hugs all around.
10/2017, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (FISH)
11/15/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
12/22/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
12/22/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
5/14/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
6/18/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)