benben wrote:Shana wrote:Hi Ben,
You're almost there, Ben. Great bloodwork numbers too! I never imagined knowing so much about blood chemistry. Soon you'll be ringing that bell and be showered with gold and sliding down rainbows... okay maybe that was a bit too much haha! I am a bit of a Pollyanna but only to a point, there's a cynical side of me too that shakes itself on occasion. Sometimes that's a good thing because it keeps me smart and savvy, I just need to keep it from bumming me out. So far so good most of the time!
My Chemo was pushed to tomorrow since all the roads I needed to take were either closed or congested due to the firestorm raging here. I'm in Sonoma, just a few miles from downtown plaza. It's very smokey and hazy here and fires are raging north of us, east of us and possibly south of us too. There are too many to keep track of, Santa Rosa has been hit very hard and it's shocking because it's a large urban area. Just tragic! Several large wineries are gone,, they evacuated two of the hospitals north of us. Marin General which is next door to my cancer center has taken a lot of those patients along with other neighboring hospitals. I felt so sorry watching these patients being wheeled out to waiting ambulances or buses depending on their needs. I've been awake since 1am, the fires started late yesterday evening and grew out of control faster than firefighters anticipated.
I've tried to find something to take my mind off of chemo and cancer but this wasn't what I had in mind! I pray for everyone to be safe, that's all that matters now. Wednesday is the "Sailing Heals" event at the San Francisco Yacht Club. It's a yearly event where local cancer patients and a guest are invited to lunch followed by sailing on the SF Bay. I'm usually buzzing for 2 days after chemo so shouldn't be a problem.
Hugs and Rainbows back atcha
Hey Shana, I read about those fires shortly after they were started. Rumor is they were started by an arson or arson(s). It's quite terrible.
I thought it was interesting as we just got our air quality back to normal here, and now you're getting what I experienced here for over a month.
I hope you remain safe. Looks like you are quite close to Santa Rosa. Stay indoors. Hopefully it doesn't delay your treatment further. Gotta head to my infusion of leucovorin followed by 5FU bolus infusion and lastly pump hook up. I asked nurse if they fixed the pump from last time as I was injected too quickly and experienced fatigue and low temps. Same nurse that disconnected me. She had forgotten all about it. I certainly hope it's working now or I get a new pump. I didn't care for the worries of the side effects that weren't normally there.
I hope the smoke clears and doesn't interfere with your Wednesday plans to head to the Yacht club. That sounds like a great event with some good excitement.
Happy sailing - sounds like a rainbow for the soul!
I hope your infusion went well and the pump operated like it's supposed to, you don't need additional side effects now. You're so close to last treatment, so happy for you!
The fires are bad and humidity has dropped, winds have increased. I decided that it was too close for comfort now and I need to stay home in the event we need to evacuate. I don't want to be sailing on the bay and worrying about it. I canceled earlier tonight and they understood. I will do it next year unless I have the amazing luck to be NED and ineligible! All I can do is hope
A month of poor air quality is daunting. They gave us filter masks to take home today during infusion. I met with oncologist, all my bloodwork numbers are NORMAL! I don't know what that means in terms of tumor shrinkage but I know the chemo and my body are getting along finally so I'm very happy. My WBC was 4.4 and that's after no Zarxio. ANC was 2.9, HGT was back up to 11.2 which is just low normal at the lab I go to. I'm feeling steroid ramped up but exhausted from fire worry. Our houseguest count is down to two so things are quieter.
Just going to lay low and maybe go to the gym tomorrow if I get stir crazy! I'm going to get my muscle back and get all buff... well that was a bit of hyperbole but you know what I mean
benben wrote:I got Blood Work done and still good with ANC of 2.7. No more growth factors.
Got the clear on CT Scan - WOOT! Some fatty tissue build up was found suggesting some colitis, but hey NO cancer!
Today is treatment 12 - Time to RING THAT BELL!
Already feeling way better without Oxaliplatin.
Each day comes with a little more energy and little less neuropathy.
I've even started running, but the tingling sensation in my feet with every stride keeps that to a minimum.
Looking forward to recovery and continual monitoring.
I'll miss seeing the nurses so frequently. They are a great bunch at my center.
Love, love, love them!
Feeling great in many respects.