I had meant to blog in the evening of Monday, March 19 to post the latest, but even though it was not major surgery, my body still reacted to it like it was. I was incredibly fatigued and had to go to bed the rest of the day. It was a very long day on Monday and we didn’t get home until mid afternoon. My surgery was at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, so even the drive as a passenger was tiring. We had to be there at 6 am, so we were up at 4 am to get ready and take the long drive down. My husband drove us down and a dear friend of ours, Sally went down to be support for both of us. Pete was happy for that, because he is needing support just as much as me, if not more. This is hard on spouses as well.
I had two procedure during surgery which I had mentioned before, so now I have a Port-a-Cath in place for the infusion of my chemotherapy drugs, and the surgeon removed three of my lymph nodes for biopsy which needed to be done before chemo started.
Tuesday was just as long with an appointment near French Hospital at 7:45 am for an Echocardiogram which is a routine diagnostic procedure prior to the type of Chemo I will be receiving tomorrow. The drugs are hard on the valves of the heart, so they needed a baseline Echocardiogram. It is a pretty cool procedure and it is fascinating to see the heart beating and all the chambers of the heart doing its thing.
Then I needed to go meet with an Oncology Radiologist, and I ended up being assigned to a female. I was very pleased and she took a lot of time with us, she was even interested in what Pete does, and she seems like almost more like a friend than a rushed doctor. God knew I needed a doctor that was more personal to feelings than a rushed male doctor. Female physicians can be just as cold and rushed too, but this one was wonderful. Anyway depending on so many things in the process of my treatments, I may also be receiving radiation treatments in addition to my chemo. They don’t do them at the same time of course. It would probably be after I have my breast surgery down the line after chemotherapy is completed.
She did get the result of my lymph node biopsies after we had gotten home and the doctor called me at home to give me the results. I do have cancer in all three of the lymph nodes that they tested, with on of them considered a true metastasis according to the size of the tumor. The other two were less in size and not considered metastatic according to their measurements of the tumors. And as I was writing this, my surgeon just called and said the same thing, so I will probably get radiation after surgery. My surgeon said that my case will be discussed at the tumor board next week, and they will all determined different strategies. The tumor board includes all disciplines in the medical team, which is the surgeon, oncologist, pharmacologist, radiation physician, and several others involved in the care of each case. Every case is so individualized. This medical and surgical team treat every person as an individual situation and that there are no cases that are the same or treated the same because we are all unique, so treatments are all individualized.
Today I have a reprieve, so I will try to do something fun or get some work done around here that is light. Tomorrow will be my very first chemotherapy treatment, and then I return on Friday for an injection to boost my white cell count.
I have a long road ahead of me, so I will be cleaving to God all the more. He is certainly the rock in my life and he gave me a wonderful husband who is a rock. He needs prayer too, because I can see that it is hard on him and wearing him down as well. This is a very exhausting journey. I am not the sort who is able to take naps, but I have been needing to do that everyday now. Even when I am sitting with my dog clients, I just make all of us lay down for a while.
It looks like it is beautiful outside, so I will go enjoy the day today while I am feeling good.