On Monday, the 18th I went for my 4th treatment. No chemo that week but they gave me something to "strengthen the bones". Said it would make me feel like I had the flu. They weren't kidding! Didn't hit me til the next day but was enough to be very uncomfortable. Besides the flu-like symptoms, there was also muscle pain in my legs. I finally took some Tylenol and laid down for a couple hours. Felt better after that. Very grateful the symptoms didn't last any longer than they did. This past Monday (25th)showed my white count was back up again - almost double what it has been the last two weeks! The dr seemed surprised at how well I've felt and esp. at my energy level being so high. I've also noticed a reduction in my pain at night. Main perk is being able to turn from side to side without discomfort which has improved my overall sleep. They added chemo back into the regimen this week but the dr said he may be able to take me off chemo and just use Herceptin if the cancer is responding well. He will run tests in a month.
Looks like my hair is finally succumbing to the chemo. I'm getting piles of it in the shower drain as well as on my brush and pretty much everywhere else. I'm afraid there will soon be rules for me like the dog who sheds - "Dogs and Yvonne stay off the furniture". I still have enough to be presentable but went wig shopping this past weekend in preparation for baldness.
In an effort to help me answer my email, my dear husband set up this cool blog site for me. (I'm still learning how to use it.) However, not everyone likes this method and some have said they have trouble accessing it. Plus, I fear that it sounded like I'm too busy or tired to receive and answer emails. I admit that it's sometimes tricky getting every email answered in a timely way but I like to try and I certainly don't want to discourage anyone from writing. If you'd rather get the updates in email form, please let me know and I'll set up something for those people who prefer that.