Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I think I'm gonna like this Taxol! lol

By the time I got into the lab, had my blood work checked, visited with Dr. Serious (Oncologist) although he is starting to enjoy my warped sense of humor and is starting show a bit of his own around me now and then, had my new chemo drip it took over 5 and half hours at the Cancer Hospital.

With the Taxol I won't have to take antibiotics, or anti-nausea pills and all the meds I had to take after those to counteract all the new symptoms that accompanied them with reactions to those meds and now that my immune system will be stronger and I won't run the risk  of getting sick so easily (which could of delayed my treatment) I will be able to socialize more without the fear of getting sick! Yipeeeee and the best part of all I won't feel so weak and fatigued outside of the possible bone and joint pain which is very common with Taxol and I won't have any down days!!! (crossing fingers)

Before the Taxol was added to my IV drip they gave me two types of other medicine (intravenously) to stop any kind of allergic reaction to the Taxol (very common) One was a steroid and the other was benedryl........now let me tell you about that benedryl! lol I have taken it before with no problem but this dose must have been pretty strong because I was stoned for about 40 minutes.......I mean whippy in the head, unable to put a decent sentence together and off in my own world stoned! I know it was the benedryl because I always had the other stuff with the A/C treatment part of the chemo. I'm still having moments where I can't find the  right words I want to use and I am still having trouble with some confusion this morning.... but this too shall pass! lol

After I had my Chemo Jim took me out to dinner and guess what I had?? Fettuccini Alfredo again! lol and when you have Cancer and are going through chemo all the rules fly out of the window. You rest when you need to, you eat when you want to and you can eat whatever and whenever you want to so for breakfast this morning I had left over Fettuccini Alfredo again! lol lol lol Oh, and I can now confess I have a scoop of vanilla ice cream almost every night around 8 p.m. So I get to break that no eating past dinner rule too! lol jealous aren't ya??? lmaoooooo

Now the only rules I still have to follow with my new chemo is that I still have to have a shot of Neulasta within 24 hours after chemo and I still have to drink an obscene amount of water for the next few days 64 ounces a day for 5 days then I can go down to only my normal amount of water a day which is around 48 ounces. And if next Tuesday my blood counts are good (they shouldn't drop as much as they do with the A/C) I won't have to go for anymore bi-weekly blood draws! yipeeeeeee! One less trip to the Cancer Hospital will be a blessing in itself especially when it starts getting colder and the snow hits......the only time I like snow is if I don't have to go out in it! lol lol lol

Tomorrow my family and I will be going to my Sister and BIL house for Thanksgiving and we have a whole lot to give thanks for, big and small....Dr. Serious told me that by tomorrow night I should start to feel a few body aches which he said feels like flu symptoms and to take ibuprofin first and if that doesn't help or the pain gets to bad hit my vicodin and it shouldn't last that long. Yup....I think me and Taxol are going to get along just fine!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Kimberleigh

30 comments:

brandyp0509 said...

I'm praying you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Hugs, Brandy

thisismis72 said...

Yeah so glad things are getting better for you, enjoy the Holiday and have a Happy Thanksgiving too.
missy

caromarls said...

You are so positive - you inspire me!  On the days where I feel gloomy and miserable, I think of you and how positive you are about what you're going through, and I know that I can't be miserable any more. I have a colleague who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. I am going to point her to your site so that she can get some encouragement!  Take care, Caroline
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jilly78 said...

I'm glad to hear so positive news, hopefully this new treatment will better.  Happy Thanksgiving Kim!
Luv,
Jill

ravenjuiced said...

LMAO! You're such a druggie. I bet if you asked, they feed you the Afredo for Thanksgiving dinner.

Fred

sangrialel said...

One less visit to the cancer hospital sounds like it would be wonderful for you!  Staying at home in your nice warm house will be good! I am glad to hear you sounding so good.  Linda

pharmolo said...

Let's hope the Taxol IS easier on you - keep smiling!

mzgoochi said...

YAY! That's wonderful news Kim. I hope you and the family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

love, Lahoma

astaryth said...

Enjoy Turkey Day and enjoy the fact that you are now on the down-hill side of your treatments.. not finished, but at least the halfway mark has been reached!
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midwestvintage said...

 I had heard the Taxol was better from patients and am glad you won't have as many bad side effects.  Now you can enjoy your thanksgiving dinner.

               Julie

topchelseagirl said...

You are doing amazingly well Kim and as ever are an inspiration. If this ever happens to me I will think of your fantastic example and try to be at least half as brave as you.
I hope you have a very happy thanksgiving with all your family.
Angie x

topchelseagirl said...

You are doing amazingly well Kim and as ever are an inspiration. If this ever happens to me I will think of your fantastic example and try to be at least half as brave as you.
I hope you have a very happy thanksgiving with all your family.
Angie x

mikev009 said...

Happy to hear less side effects and less down time.  Always a good thing. Enjoy your holiday.  ~ Mike

lindaggeorge said...

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, it sounds as if you should be able to.

Linda x.

randlprysock said...

Hope ya feel better and have a happy turkey day!!!  Hugs,
Lisa

justplainbill said...

I have very few heros in my lifetime but you are one of them. I am thankful for having met you. You are an inspiration for me also
You have a Happy Thanksgiving and a great day. Bill

jcole16757 said...

Kim, wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!  So glad to hear things are going well with you and you've really taken such a positive attitude towards beating this demon.  Hats off to ya!!  

gandsbrock said...

Hey, if you can only eat once a blue moon, Alfredo is an excellent choice!  LOL!  I'm glad the Taxol has started off on a good note.  Love that your sassy attitude hasn't diminished!  :-)
Stephanie

ajquinn354 said...

Kim, have a beautiful, blessed Thanksgiving with your family. You deserve this so much, I'm sure you and the Taxol will definitely be a good bosom buddy, lol. Couldn't resist that, lol.   Enjoy your holiday......Arlene (AJ)

chevyz71gurl74 said...

That is wonderful news! Hope all goes well with the Taxol
This Thanksgiving...I am thankful to have crossed paths with you this year...and to have found a wonderful friend like you!
Hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving Kim
Hugss..~Terri~

dwhee70041 said...

Kimberleigh,  They gave me a benedryl before my "heart procedure".  I had a very good nap.  LOL!   I'm glad things are going OK and that you have not lost your taste buds.  May you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving!  David

tendernoggle said...

HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING KIM....ENJOY THE GOOD FOOD, THE LOVE AND MAKING LOTS OF MEMEORIES!!!
LOVE YA,
CARLENE

evanmyangel88 said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Kim! And to everyone else out there. For some strange reason, I can't add an entry, post a picture, see if I have any AIM mail. Nothing! I will try again later. Glad to see you still have that spunk, you always will! My Evan was half Irish and I tell ya, talk about the terrible two's, he had such a temper! Well, thats all for now, until I can post in my own journal. Happy, happy! Barbara

lifes2odd said...

Happy Thanksgiving Kim and family!
Martha

sdoscher458 said...

You have a wonderful Thanksgiving Kim, celebrate life and love with your family. Please know that we all your e=friends give thanks that you are coming along so well....Love...Sandi

siennastarr said...

Glad to hear your handling the Taxol well!  I remember thinking (as they give that same thing to Ovarian Cancer patients) that the anti nausea medication made me feel worse (stoned and goofy) than the chemo itself.  The worse was the achy fluey feeling that you get afterward, but it is definitely bearable! :)

Happy Thanksgiving

Jackie

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jmorancoyle said...

    Happy Thanksgiving, Kim.
Jude
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thinkingoutloud said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you Kimberleigh!

Sorry I haven't been around BUT I am thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers.  Daily:):):)

Take care of you-
Love n huggs-
Niki

thegirlnexdoor77 said...

Praying for you friend...Hope you had a good Thanksgiving...Thinking of you always!  Hugs,TerryAnn

shayshaydc said...

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving Kim!!!! http://journals.aol.com/shayshaydc/Golfaholic
Sharon:)