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.