I finished my first round of the new drugs! I had to stay in the hospital for 5 days while they infused me with the new chemo drugs (Ifosfamide and Etoposide). I was really nauseous, sleepy, and fatigued for 3.5 days after I left the hospital, BUT less nauseous than with doxorubicin and cisplatin.
|I have no recollection of this picture being taken. Ha ha.|
Also, it's the only picture of me from this round of chemo.
I also had the grand experience of getting sick (like, some kind of infection) for my first time since my diagnosis. As you guys probably know, chemotherapy compromises your immune system so it's really easy to get sick. Another result of chemotherapy is that your body can't really fight off infection. So when I got the chills and took my temperature I was pretty freaked out. If I get a fever of over 100.4 degrees, I'm supposed to immediately call the cancer center, so I did, thinking they would for sure admit me to the hospital. The on-call oncologist told me to just monitor my fever over the next 24 hours and call if nothing changed. What? I mean, having never had a fever before as a cancer patient, I may have been a little melodramatic about the whole situation, but within the next few hours I got bad headaches, a sore throat, and my fever got up to over 102 degrees. So I continued to harass the on-call doctor a few more times that night and the next morning. He prescribed me an antibiotic and told me I would be just fine. And I was. Turns out he actually knew what he was talking about. The bummer was that I had just started to recover from the chemo when I got the fever, so my "feel good" time was reduced by a few days, but fortunately I'm feeling great right now.
So great, in fact, that I was able to go to the Taylor Swift concert last night with Michael, my sister, and our friend, Melanie. Oh boy, I'd forgotten how loud concerts are! Every time Taylor Swift made her "Blue Steel" face, I knew to plug my ears because that crowd of 14,000 women got LOUD. It was a lot of fun, though. I've always liked Taylor Swift and as an added bonus Ed Sheeran performed and he was also incredible.
|It's a little dark, but hopefully you can still|
see us standing in front of T Swift's huge face!
|Michael's "I'm too cool to be here" face. He used to love|
Taylor Swift. When I ask him what happened, his response
is "I became a man." Ha ha.
Okay and now since I am super behind on posting pictures, you get a random spattering of pictures from the last few months.
|My best friend from high school, Monique, flew all the|
way to Utah to visit. Sadly, this unflattering picture of me
is the only one we took of us while she was here.
|This is what happens when you try to include two people|
and a bed fort in a selfie.
|You eventually have to give up on including the fort and|
just take a picture of yourselves.
I also just realized that I did not post any pictures on here of my leg post surgery. I have some truly disgusting pictures of my leg from when the incision was open and not healing, but just in case some of you have eaten recently, I will not post those on here! You may still want to use caution before looking at these next pictures though.
|This picture shows how atrophied my left leg became after|
not using for about a month. It's a little thicker now that
I'm putting some weight on it, but still pretty skinny.
|My leg stitched up after my second surgery to |
close the incision. Believe it or not this is
BEAUTIFUL compared to my leg before.