Monday, March 16, 2009
Round 3, Day 1
The photo above was taken with my cell phone today of the chemo med I got via IV. It's called Mitoxantrone (mye-toe-ZAN-trone) and yes, it's "smurf" blue. Very strange to say the least.
We drove to UCLA today to begin Round 3 of outpatient chemotherapy and we lucked out with Brett getting my appointments moved to an earlier time of 10:00 a.m. However, tonight I had a message moving my appointment tomorrow to noon, but no word on the rest of the week. Please pray it stays at 10:00 because that works best for the rest of the people lined up to drive me to UCLA and back. Tomorrow I am traveling with my Aunt Joanne and Uncle Jim. I am looking forward to catching up!
I got to see my oncologist today as she stopped by to give me a prescription. Dr. Territo thinks that my counts could be down to zero as early as Friday (meaning I will be admitted then) or Monday. We're hoping for Monday so I can have two extra days at home as this weekend is crazy busy. As it turns out, the chemo I am getting this Round will drop my counts quicker, and require a longer recovery. I'm told to expect a 3 to 4 week hospital stay. Oh joy!
Dr. Territo also got to settle an argument between me and Brett. In the last week, Brett announced that I had 2 more "rounds" of chemo after this one. I didn't like that idea to say the least, and was pretty sure I had one more round. Needless to say, always bet on the wife! I was correct and after this round, I will have one more IV round of chemo, then once I've fully recovered, I will be able to return to work (possibly late July!)
I know many of my wonderful co-workers will be happy to hear that (and believe it or not, I miss work too!) Speaking of which, last week the doorbell rang and a messenger gave me a box of daffodils that my co-workers purchased and sent to me to help lift my spirits! At least 12 vases in all with three teddy bears all benefiting the America Cancer Society in honor of their Daffodil Days! To my surprise, the daffodils bloomed the very next day and we are currently enjoying a burst of yellow in the kitchen! Thank you all for thinking of me, it truly brightened my day!
That is all for now - I will update when I can! KCA!