Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Chemo postponed

A "Barb Sandwich"
 Tom and Tim are looking forward to
their annual turkey battle. 
Mom's blood counts were not up to par again this week (the white cell count is still low) so she did not have chemo today.

She has an appointment for next week (pending blood work).

The good thing that comes out of this is that she will have a nice Thanksgiving this week and not have to worry about side effects - nausea, fatigue, etc.

My in-laws are hosting this year so all mom has to do is show up and eat! And we will be sending her home with some leftover turkey care packages as well!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Chemo postponed

Mom and her new wig. 
Mom had her blood work done yesterday (routine; always done the day before chemo treatment) and it looks like her white cell count is too low to have a treatment today.

This is the first time that her white cell count has been low. She was scheduled to get a Neulasta shot after this treatment (to prevent her white cell count from dipping) but since the treatment is postponed she will have to wait until next week. Not a big deal but just inconvenient.

Hopefully she can have her chemo treatment next week. Monday they will do another blood test and then go from there.

The good news is that we can go shopping this weekend since the Red Mill Garden in Atkinson is having their open house. The crummy news is that she may not feel very well next week and she will have to play Thanksgiving by ear.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Chemo day

Today is a chemo day. Mom is on her third cycle of the Taxitere/Carboplatin treatment.

This morning Dr. Porubcin was happy with her blood counts (liver good; kidneys good) and he is very interested to hear what her CA125 report will reveal. We will get that number in the next few days. And mom is even up a pound - weighed in at 98 pounds - so all is good!

Doctor wants to take her off of the simvastatin for now, so at least she will have one less pill to take during the day. This particular treatment of drugs (mainly the Taxitere) has been wearing her out more, so he is also going to try and pace her treatments through the holidays.

All things considered she is doing well and almost done with her Christmas shopping! As for me - haven't even started yet! Sometimes it is just all about the things that we can't buy that we want for Christmas the most ... to be around friends and family and to have a great meal at the table.