I’m at the end of my first week home after chemo but I will rewind a little to update..
My fourth round of chemo seemed to completely fly by this time! Not sure why but I’m not complaining 😊
My dad took me Monday morning like usual and we did my labs and met with Dr. P before starting. Since my blood counts still didn’t drop low enough last time (because apparently I’m just too young and healthy lol) my chemo was to get increased again, but this time I already was expecting it and went along without a fuss. We ate lunch and then went to the gift shop and stocked up on some snacks and candy before settling back in my room.
I started my chemo bags and basically just sailed through the days like normal. My dad stayed with me for a while Monday and then Gunnar came to stay with me the rest of the week so my mom could be home. My little brother was starting his first week back to school and she hasn’t been feeling good so it was better for her to get to stay home this time. Monday night I watched some of the Bachelor and then finished it Tuesday morning over Chickfila for breakfast. 🙂
Tuesday was uneventful except for a walk around the hospital and a visit from my music therapy buddy 😁👍🏼
Wednesday they finally had a plan for me to get anesthesia for the spinal chemo so I was pretty anxious to get that over with. They came and got me early about 7:30 in the morning and then took me back to preop where I got an IV started in my arm and then the guy came in and gave me some stuff to relax and I fell asleep before I even remember reaching the operating room. But apparently I took this selfie below on the way back 😂😂 After that I don’t remember anything and I woke up over an hour later back in my room. So so so glad they finally were able to do that for me! They plan to do it exactly the same my next two rounds 👍🏼
When I woke up, Gunnar had gone and gotten me my current craving- KFC. I hadn’t been able to eat since the night before and was dying!! The rest of the day I just rested. I got a bad headache from the anesthesia I think that night and normal pain meds weren’t working so they gave me some morphine which made me feel like super drugged and weird. It was pretty funny.
Thursday my dad came back and stayed most of the day and also my sister brought my nephew to visit for a little bit. More cravings =dad picked us up Mexican for dinner and Gunnar got donuts at midnight 😂 Yum.
Friday came fast and easy. The weeks literally go by so fast and all my favorite nurses were there the whole time so it was just a really lovely week 🙂 I got woken up by Dr. P who gave me some sad news. He’s leaving to go to some training for the next couple months so he won’t be there for my last two rounds 😢 I cried when he told me cause he’s seriously been the greatest blessing through my whole cancer journey. He’s made me feel so safe and taken care of and I love him like a second dad. He told me I could text him and that the other doctor will follow my care plan exactly the same. But still it won’t be the same without him!
So 4th round done! Only 2 more to go!! I got home and crashed pretty hard Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Just the same stomach pain, skin soreness and fatigue. But for some reason I recovered like way fast this time. I kept thinking, man there’s no way my counts dropped low this time because I feel so good?! But Thursday I got my labs done and found out they dropped to 100!! So that means no increase in my chemo dose😁👍🏼 yay! My mom and I had been on a Target spree earlier, breaking the rules a bit but I needed to get out and we had so much fun! We had no idea my counts were gonna be that low lol oops!
This weekend Gunnar has been here and we are finding things to do while trying to keep me away from lots of people and germs. We have been on drives, to the park, ice cream, had a Chipotle lunch date in the car haha. We got coffee and walked around the mall early during the day so there weren’t many people around. Watched a few interesting documentaries.. Mouth sores have finally started and my whole mouth just feels really uncomfortable and irritated. There’s not much to do to help, but I just keep using all these mouthwashes and then I have the “magic mouthwash” from the doctor which completely just numbs your mouth for a little while of relief. At least it waited 4 rounds to start and I only have 2 more so hopefully they won’t be horrible the whole time. Ugh. 😩
Going out and doing stuff when I feel good totally keeps me sane and mentally able to handle all of this. I try my best to get out and see friends, especially this next week when my counts are back up. It recharges me mentally before I go back in for another round. I really am amazed at how fast these chemo rounds have gone by and how well I’m able to recover each time. I’m so thankful that God has made this process so doable for me. I know not everyone flies through this aggressive chemo so smoothly, but I’m definitely not complaining 😊💗 Even on my good days I get tired a lot faster than normal but I know that in a matter of just 5 weeks I will be done with my last day of chemo and in a few months I will be back to my normal strength. I can’t wait to be back!
Thanks for everyone who has continued to follow my journey from the start! And thank you to everyone who has send me encouraging cards and thoughtful gifts, especially those who I’ve never even met! It really means a lot to me to have so much love and support❤️
One more week at home and I will be heading back for round 5 on August 22nd!