Somewhere along the way, I GREW AN INCH! HOLY COW! This is HUGE! GARGANTUAN! THE BIGGEST THING TO HAPPEN TO ME SINCE I GOT MY DRIVER'S LICENCE WHEN I WAS 16! All these years I thought I was only 5' tall. I could have told Pat Benetar that we are BOTH 5'1" when I met her a few years ago! OMGosh...every little thing is going to be alright!
They had to measure me *exactly* and get my exact weight yesterday so when they mix my chemo, it is specific to ME. I had no idea that this would be SOOO SUPER FANTASTIC!
I wish they had a Chemo College when my mom was diagnosed. It was AWESOME. We reviewed all of my drugs and their potential side effects. We talked about things I need to be aware of, numbers to call, etc. It was VERY, VERY informative. It was a bit overwhelming at times...but not as overwhelming if I hadn't already been down this road with my mom.
The biggest issue is going to be my immune system. It will be non-existent. I am going to have to be extremely careful not to come into contact with any germs. I am starting a regimen of antibiotics next week, and will continue to take them 2 months *after* I finish 6 months of chemo. I'm also allergic to about 10 antibiotics already, so hopefully the ones I start taking on Monday will be compatible with my body.
Besides infection, I also have to watch out for blood clots. My mom had one of these, so I'll be keeping a close eye out for them. There is a list of other things too...but as long as I stay aware of how I'm feeling, I'll be fine. I don't need to be of the mindset, "Oh, I can just take a nap and I'll probably start to feel better later". Nope. If something changes, I need to call my Cancer Center. And for some of the changes that might happen, I'll need to call 911.
I'm going to make myself a new "In Case of Emergency" card. It's now gotten a LOT more complicated. But conquerable. Definitely conquerable and manageable.
Tomorrow I'm going to put my pills into one of those little daily dispenser things so I don't have to think about what to take each morning and night. This will just become part of my Sunday "get ready for the week" routine. I can do that.
The countdown to chemo has started.
I'm definitely ready to get this party started!
I've totally got this...