It was so much fun for me to be able to see you and say hello last week, and to see many of you present your final project. Congrats to those of you who so obviously worked very hard on your projects. There is no secret to success other than being organized and putting in the effort. My thanks go to Mrs. K, who worked so hard to make the Google Hangout happen. Sorry I didn't get to see the marine bio class, but I'm sure you all did a great job, too! Thanks to Mr. Pierson for making that happen. I am so sorry that I'll be missing out on Graduation on Thursday. To all of you seniors, I'll be thinking about you on your BIG day! Success and Congrats to you all!
I got a chance to ask some of you what your summer plans are, but if I missed you and you want to share, please feel free in the comments below. I'd love to hear what you're doing.
Where am I in my treatment? Tomorrow, May 18, I will have my fourth treatment, and will have only two more to go after that, which means that if all continues to go well, I will be done with treatments by the end of June. I'm more than half way now and doing pretty well. My plan for tomorrow is to get in plenty of fluids between now and then. That makes it easier to get the IV started, which we had a problem with last time, if you recall.
The only excitement of this cycle was another fever. I started to feel warm on the night of May 4th, and when I finally took my temperature it was 101.2 degrees. Protocol is that if my temperature is above 100.5 degrees, I need to call my doctor's office, or if it's after hours, I need to go to the emergency room. So, off we went to the emergency room even though my fever was going down. After lots of tests, and a long time, nothing specific was found and I got to go home. We had some test results back, but not all. One of the findings was that my neutrophil count (a kind of white blood cell) was .4% and it should have been 8%. That didn't cause the fever, but it meant that I was ordered to wear a mask in public for the next several days. All I have to say about that is "NOT fun!" Wearing a mask is better than getting an infection and getting really sick, so I didn't complain too much. Better safe than sorry, I guess.
So, fingers crossed for no fever with cycle four. I'm in good spirits and overall doing well.
Ongoing Symptoms: fingernails are getting progressively dark, but I'm told this is temporary and it doesn't mean that I'm losing my nails, as some patients do. Fingertip numbness is continuing to progress and make me clumsy, but there is no pain.
Other activities: I'm still doing my stretching, yoga and daily walk. I'm also doing a lot of crafty stuff, currently scrapbooking the trip to Wyoming that Bob and I took three years ago with my son, Craig.
BIG News! I'm going to be a grandma again in September. My son, Craig and his wife, Liz, are expecting in September. It's a boy, which makes it our total grandchild count three girls and three boys! Massive smiles at our house!