I had my second dose of chemotherapy today. Overall, the treatment went fine. I had four and a half hours in the office though, as they were behind two hours. My children and I met with my oncologist today. Overall he thought I was doing good as my hemoglobin did not drop and my hematocrit was a bit better. He said I seemed stronger to him in his assessment. He wants me to take 3 iron tablets a day now instead of the liquid one I was taking as he said the body does not always absorb the liquid properly. I will have to take a laxative daily to counteract the constipation of the iron. It did stress me to hear that on the Pet scan there was 2 lymph nodes in a different area outside the peritoneum. He said my treatment would stay the same and treat it just fine. It is re-classified stage 4 meaning an area outside of the main, but he said it does not change what I am doing and it is still treatable. It’s still scary, but I feel confident that “I am going to get rid of my cancer I am going to get rid of my cancer, I am going to get rid of my cancer”.
He wants me to be sure to exercise, drink as much fluid as possible and get food in as food is fuel. He did order nurse visits weekly and physical therapy to keep my moving. He said it is never too late to exercise and it actually will keep me stronger. I have arthritis too and that is why he wants me to keep moving as much as possible. Its going to be interesting. My doctor said he saw a really uplifting movie called a A Good Year or close to that and suggested it to me. I will have to see if I can rent it. He also said to watch as many funny movies or show and laugh as much as possible. I agree, I just need to remember to be happy now matter what. So I will leave with that… laugh and be happy no matter what.
- Day 32- Chemotherapy Is a Bitch! (ijustgotcancer.wordpress.com)
- Day 27-I Had A Chemotherapy Class Today (ijustgotcancer.wordpress.com)
- Does Your Oncologist Care About Your Quality of Life? (psychologytoday.com)
- Topic: Nurses’ Supportive Role in Patients Receiving Chemotherapy (ivythesis.typepad.com)