Follow my unexpected cancer journey...the good, the bad, and the ugly!
Today is officially PORT day! I get my port put in at 10:30am, however since it's a surgical procedure and I'll be going under again I have to get there an hour and a half early....yippie. This will be my 5th time going under since February...surely I should get some sort of award for that?! The procedure should take around 45 minutes and then I'll be in the recovery room "coming to" for about an hour or more so they can monitor me etc. Depending on how I feel we will then go get my last pedicure for my P day later in the afternoon!
Yesterday, I also had my full body scan to check for any other masses that may have spread. I should get those results today or Monday even though they don't really matter because one huge mass or 10 I'll still be getting the same aggressive chemo for this particular cancer. They also put me back on steroids earlier than planned because my health was going backwards again and I was looking and feeling pretty rough. One of the many symptoms for my cancer is a swollen face and neck....I currently look and feel like Quasimodo...it's quite lovely and oh so comfortable! So hopefully these 10 steroid pills a day will make me feel a little bit better!
I also had my info session with my PA yesterday going over...well pretty much everything. I will sum up what I learned in one sentence: I WILL BASICALLY BE LOOKING AND FEELING LIKE DEATH FOR THE NEXT 5 MONTHS. Should be quite fun! I guess I should get over my "I'm only posting pictures I look good in" motto because that is apparently going straight out the window.
At least the nice CT scan guy color coordinated me this time : p
Fingers crossed today will be my last IV when getting my port in today!
So things didn't go quite as planned today. Got all ready for my port surgery, they hooked me up to iv's, put me under, and bought me back to the surgery room. My oxygen levels were extremely low even with the oxygen mask on high so the dr called it because it was too high risk at that point. Even though this sets my port back, it was the right call....I surely didn't envision myself dying on the medical table getting my port in before I even started chemo! So now the plan is to get a picc line put in early Monday morning at Seton right before I start my chemo at 8. So between getting that in at the hospital, several appointments with the dr and labs, on top of starting chemo which lasts 4-6 hours the first day it's going to be quite the long Monday! As for the picc line, after doing a week or so of chemo they will then be able to put my port in since HOPEFULLY the chemo will start to shrink the mass and my oxygen levels will get better since I'll be able to breath a little more. So even though not what I had planned, I will still be on track schedule wise to start Monday. On the plus side, I got to get my last pedicure today....so at least one of of my P's for P day worked out! (On a funny note, I also make fun of Diana's "gothic"/dark polish she always gets...I've read that the darker the polish during chemo the better....so I'm turning into Diana for the next several months apparently...I know she'll love that lol)
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