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Valentines date with Taxel/Carbo

I spent Valentine's Day on my last date with Carboplatin and Paclitaxel, with my doting Mom as chaperone.  Unfortunately the date didn't end well.  I had a VasoVagal reaction: my blood pressure crashed to 60/30, my arms and legs went numb, I couldn't talk, my GI track went ballistic, and I had tunnel vision and spots.  My body said enough! and we had to stop my carbo infusion early.  It was scary and I can't say it loudly or often enough -- nurses are the true heroes.  Thank you, Betsy, Colleen, and Amanda, for taking care of me.  Most patients don't make it through two full 6-infusion cycles of Carbo/Taxol, and I did much better than most.  So I have to be happy I lasted as long as I did and just hope it was enough to get me into remission.  From here on out I have Avastin-only infusions every 3 weeks, which is classified as immunotherapy, not chemotherapy, and should have more manageable side effects.  




A huge thank you to my visitors these past few weeks, it perked me up to have company when I was mentally and physically worn down.  Thanks, Juliann, Thanks, Nicole, Thanks, Donna for traveling to SB to spend time with me.  Thank you, Jonelle, for managing my cold cap for 4 sessions.  And thank you, Mom, for all the love and support. 


Looking forward -- I feel encouraged!  Just a few more weeks and I will start bouncing back and I have so much to look forward to: a 10th anniversary party and many travels this summer.  In the coming weeks I will focus on being more active, getting out for longer walks, building my strength and loosing those 10 lbs I gained since recurrence.  Why is the best relief for metal mouth caloric chocolate milk??  


Hugs to all and I hope we can meet up this summer: Europe, Japan and Australia are on the Itinerary!  

Michelle  

PS- wine glass is a prop only, no alcohol was consumed!  

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