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Dec 11, 2018 12:36PM
HI all - Had my first meeting with Mr.T on Friday. Infusion took a long time because the nurse has to check blood pressure frequently during infusion and speed up or slow down the drip depending on results. There were steroids, benedryl, and zantac administered as well. I feel ok, just tired as usual. Nurse warned of se's like diarrhea, nausea, fatigue and neuropathy. So far the only se I have is my good friend constipation. I am starting to feel the emotional toll of all of this like I never had before, and I don't like it. I feel like I am either crying or angry at any given time. Good times at my house this week.
Jill, sorry you were suffering from the se's, but you're so much closer to being done. I haven't talked to my surgeon either, my MO was just mentioning what to expect after my last taxol at my last appointment, but that is at least 11 weeks away so it was very brief. I just don't think i can or should make any big decisions re: surgery at this time. I've done so much research on the various types of surgeries and reconstructions, and frankly, they all scare the crap out of me. I do think I will lose at least one breast, so decisions will have to be made. After chemo, scans will be re-done and we will weigh my options. I will have to get radiation at some point as well. I just need to focus on one step at a time for now, it's all I can handle emotionally. (boo-hoo, poor me, I know.)
Rabbit, good to hear from you, so glad that you reached out for help and got some meds to help you cope. The taxol wasn't bad, although I only had 1 treatment, I've suffered no se's so far. Worried about fatigue as I really really felt it after AC #4, but doc said that was AC related anemia. Trying to stay active to fend off the exhaustion, but it's cold here, so walking the dog is a bit of a challenge. Bundle up and go they say, and so I will tonight after work, supposed to be a balmy 40 degrees.
Antigone, I am sorry that I don't have any advice or answers for you, but i will be thinking of you and sending good vibes your way. I do know that if the chemo is destroying the tumors, they have to go somewhere and be disposed of by your body in some way, hence the necrotic tissue, which would take up space until it is destroyed by the body. Try not to borrow trouble, stay away from the Googler and let the docs explain it to you. Actually, demand that they do.
Hoping all of you awesome chicks are doing well, handing the poison like champions and knocking out the treatments. Take good care, drink it up and be as positive as this crap allows.
9/27/2018, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2-
10/11/2018 AC + T (Taxol)