Happy December to everyone! It really is hard to believe that 2010 is in its waning hours and 2011 is just around the corner. December will be a busy month here at the Walkers, as I am sure it will be at your house.
I am currently attached to my portable chemo pump and very much looking forward to getting it removed this afternoon. After doing a lot of research, a lot of talking to people “in the know” I decided (with my doctors’ blessing) to not add the fifth chemo to the mix. Its primary side effect is diarrhea – really bad diarrhea – and after my year long bout of that until they finally diagnosed my celiac disease, I just didn’t feel like I wanted to go there. He is looking into some other options. Meanwhile, Monday I did the 5-FU treatment which is what I have been doing (this is my third cycle.) I was very tired afterwards – basically came home and slept until Tuesday morning. But yesterday was able to put on my Grandma hat for a couple of hours, and also prepare for a family tradition we do the evening of every November 30th (our “Christmas Is Here Again” celebration.) On Thursday I have another CT scan and Friday I visit with the doctor about what that shows – so I may add an addendum on Friday to this blog to let you know. My cancer markers were down somewhat (from 39,000 to 30,000) so the chemo is having some effect. Emotionally I’m hanging in there – as I mentioned before, the holidays are turning out to be very hard for me. I wasn’t even sure if I could do the traditional celebration last night – was afraid I would totally break down. But I didn’t and I’m glad we went ahead and did it.
That’s about all the news – other than the fatigue I feel like a pretty normal “human bean” as my daughter used to say. I hope all you other “human beans” that are reading this had a good holiday and have a good week ahead of you!