Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cycle TWO Week One Thursday 26 January 2012

This past weekend Amber, Keep-Her and I went to the big dog show event in Portland called Rose City Classics. Amber was learning to show a dog. She took Keep-Her into the Obedience and Rally ring to see how they would do. Well on Sunday they did very well. In Obedience (novice level) they got a first place ribbon and a prize. In Rally (Advance level) they got a nice passing score. It was nice to get out and see some of my “dog friends” that one only meets at the various shows.

Amber, my husband Mack, and Roxanne, were with me today when I saw Dr R today. Everything is going OK he seemed to think that the under arm tumor maybe might be shrinking a little. I don’t feel has but then it could be so subtle that my feeling it daily I don’t notice it. Started Cycle two of this drug, so far I seem to be tolerating it well. I suffer for about 4-6 hours with a horrendous headache afterwards and then it goes away. I think it’s from the Heparin, as it happened the first time I had the port flushes and didn’t have any chemotherapy treatment that day.


Marvin Phillips
The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cycle ONE Week Two Thursday 12 January 2012

Ok, this week I was out in the main area with the other folks, so last week was just a fluke and I drew the lucky number for the “private” room I guess.

Had a fairly uneventful week.

This week after waiting 45 min to get called back to the infusion room Chemo went without a hitch. So far no headache this week so that’s a good sign.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Live........

like someone left the gate open!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Cycle ONE Week One Thursday 05 January 2012 New Chemotherapy Drug

Well today Keep-Her and I were accompanied by my Husband Mack, my Niece who is my primary caregiver Amber, and my Daughter Roxanne, as I saw Dr R., and we again discussed the various drug options that were out there me still to try. He also asked how I was doing with the port and if I had had any problems with the surgery. I don't think he was really prepared for me to actually start Chemotherapy today, as we had talked about this prior to his taking a family vacation. My Case worker and I also talked about it, she read his notes, so we scheduled the office visit and treatment times. So, once he Okayed it I had my first dose of the new drug via my port and so far everything is going fine. I have a terrific headache (about a 6 on the “pain” scale) Ibuprofen seems to give some relief.

Not sure if it was because of the "port" or what but we got a "private" room very large, with lovely picture window overlooking, light rail, the park across the street and the Willamette River a little ways away.

Quote of week: All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.-- Samuel Butler