The first day of the rest of my life

Posted: February 14, 2012 in Breast Cancer
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Ice coming out of the wall

Our last travel day went smoothly as we made out way south to Georgia.  Got a pic of some really cool, frozen runoff coming out of a wall by the highway.  Finally we made it to Georgia, got settled in in Marietta, and I am now ensconced in the infusion room of the Immune Recovery Center.  It was a bit of a goat rope this morning because they suddenly lost one of their physicians to an unexpected heart attack last week. The clinic was a busy one, which I would say is a good sign.  Either they’re really helping people here or they have one helluva marketing team.  Seeing that I could hardly find any reference to this clinic on the internet, I’m hoping for the former.

The first day started out much like any doctor’s check-in.  Filled out the necessary paperwork and handed over the credit card for the consultation fee.  In the exam room, after collecting a urine sample, they took preliminary information, accessed my port, and drew a crapload of blood.  By tomorrow, they’re going to know me better than I know myself.  Then they hung three bags on my IV pole:  15gms of IV Vit C, Colloidal Silver, and an anti fungal of which I can’t remember the name.  I spent the rest of the afternoon just chilling with the IV, talking to the director of the clinic, who is both a physician’s assistant and a licensed naturopath.

He is going to give me a small dose of Cytoxan chemo on Friday … a very small dose … to remove the protein from the outside of the cancer cells so they are more vulnerable.  That is a one-time dose.  I will also start Cytokine therapy Friday, or so they said today.  The insulin potentiation chemo will start next week.  One of the drugs will be Gemzar (gemcitabine) which is a chemo drug my cancer has never seen.

At this point, my biggest concern is food.  I just can’t eat much.  And he’s suggesting Megace which two different oncologists have not considered the benefit worth the risk, so I don’t

Butterfly bag

think I’m going buy off on that one.  I know I need to eat, but they’re just going to have to work around my situation and hope that, through treatment, we can get my appetite back.

Afterward, we had to rummage Whole Foods (found the cutest tote … I’m a sucker for butterflies these days … transformation), find some protection for my iPhone, and get a warm, cozy throw from Target.  I was so cold in there today.  Cloudy with highs in the 40s but tomorrow will be sunny with highs in the 60s.  Yup, leave it to the South to be bipolar!  I’m exhausted, so I’m headed to a glass of wine and my favorite meds.  Early bed for me tonight!

 

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