We are getting into our routine of Tuesday trips to Grand Junction for my treatments. We leave Ouray at 7:30am so I can attend a two-hour support group for women at the oncology center at 9:30am. Usually, I see my oncologist later in the morning. I don't always get to stay for the whole group meeting, but even if I get the first hour in, it's still a big help. I just love the other women I've met there. It's hectic getting up earlier that day, trying to eat something so I can take my meds, and get on the road, but it is well worth it.
I had my second chemo this past Tuesday. They checked my blood prior to the infusion. It showed that I was just above the borderline of being anemic which means my red blood cells have been affected. The nurse said there is a shot they can give me to help, but they can only give it once every two weeks, so I didn't have it this time. I think they wanted to save it in case I need it next week. I did feel really tired last Monday and Tuesday.
I am very squeamish about having my blood drawn and being poked with needles, but I usually handle it okay. I did almost pass out this last week. I had to put my head between my legs, and we had to start over again with the blood draw which they also use to set up for the infusion. The tech was very understanding and said it is a very natural response. Usually, I just look away and make Robert look me in the eyes. I think the borderline anemia made it harder for me to deal with being jabbed this week.
One of our members turned 80 in our support group, so we celebrated her birthday. She is really amazing how she's handled her cancer and some heart trouble as well. Unfortunately, another of our group members passed away last week.
The past two days, my energy levels have been pretty good. Still no nausea, but I'm taking some anti-nausea medication just in case. I also had a little steroid before the infusion which helps with the energy level. I've been able to sleep at night just fine. As I was getting my chemo at the noon hour this week, they provided lunch from the little deli in the oncology center which I thought was very nice.
The busy summer tourist season has started with Memorial Day last weekend, and we had good days in our shops. This week, I've taken it somewhat easy. I've been pampering myself with a haircut, manicure, and pedicure, and bought a new skirt. I attended two writing sessions - one for poetry and one for a group of women in the area working on longer prose pieces. I allowed myself to read most of yesterday, something I have a hard time doing even though I own a bookstore. So I need to get my nose back on the grindstone and get some real work done.
Thanks to everyone for your prayers and good wishes. It's beautiful in Ouray right now, so I'm enjoying the hummingbirds and flowers.