Thursday, May 3, 2012

Chemo #12

Can you believe I've had 12 cycles of chemo here in TX?  Gosh, me either.  I was a bit surprised.  Time flies when you're being pumped with poison?

Anyhoo, it was a pretty okay day at the cancer center.  I got to ride in a taxi cab because Eric is out of town and I'm not really supposed to drive while I'm hopped up on Ativan.  My Korea Starbucks mug and I stopped for coffee, and then I hung out with my cool therapist for a while.  She's very wise.

After that, I went to get my labs done.  Then it was back downstairs to check in to see my doctor.  When I walked into the waiting room, there was a freakishly huge dog!  Seriously, it was the biggest dog I've ever seen.  I momentarily wondered if it would transform into a person ala Twilight, but it didn't happen.  I suppose I should be content with just seeing that huge thing.  It is a therapy dog, and I guess after their interview (yes, they were being interviewed!!) the dog got to walk around the waiting room, but by then I was back with the doctor.

Not a lot to report from the doctor.  My labs were good.  I felt fine.  I mentioned to the nurse that lowering the dose of oxaliplatin really helped me feel better overall...I was still really tired last chemo weekend, but maybe not as sick.  As the nurse was looking over my chemo notes, she suddenly said, "Oh.  It looks like the doctor didn't lower the dose after all last time."

Then why didn't I feel as sick?  It could be the extra protein I got from eating greek yogurt and eggs.  Yeah, not exactly vegan foods, huh?  Eric read a thing about protein and it's probably true that I could be lacking, especially during chemo weekends.  I used to be all about protein smoothies, but with the cold sensitivity they're hard to drink.  And I don't know about you, but warm protein shakes are not good.  Also, it does not help that I have zero appetite from the day I have chemo until mid-week the next week.  I feel really jerky about eating eggs (and I guess the yogurt too)...I know how animals are treated in the "industry."  I'm going to work to find animal-friendly, good practices for these foods.

Anyhoo, I got the all clear for chemo, took a nap, and a taxi brought me home.

I hope I can lay down soon. 

I hope you're all praying for me.


  1. Dearest Sheri, Your Mom is praying for you!!!! Hope your weekend goes well. We are so excited about you all coming home! Love you so much! Love, Mom

  2. Of course we are praying for you! Much love to you <3.

  3. Prayers and love to you, Sheri, always! Deb

  4. "I hope you're all praying for me."


  5. Dear Sheri - yah-sure, you betcha!!! Seriously - always and never-ceasing, for you and the whole family.
    Love, Missy & David

  6. Christine SowdenMay 11, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Hey Sher Bear, (remember those days). I read your blog at least a few times a month I try to get caught up. It's funny you were talking about a therapy dog. One of our non-fiction benchmark books is about therapy dogs. I also wanted to share that my sister (the skydiver who came and talked to your students) has been an organic farmer and this past year has had 6 chickens. The eggs are sooooo incredible. Check with someone at the local coop and see if there is a small egg farmer you can buy eggs from. I think of you often and with great fondness. I pray often for God to be present in your life, whatever it may bring.

    Love ya, Christine Sowden

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