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Not too bad so far

I am feeling quite good at the moment – I haven’t had too many side effects from the chemo as yet and the queasiness only lasted through Friday.  I didn’t feel very hungry until yesterday (Monday) but did feel quite good otherwise.  I am hoping that this pattern will repeat itself for the following cycles – I am also wondering how much of the queasiness was caused by the loading dose of herceptin.  I am very interested to see what this weeks dose of vinorelbine on its own dose to me. 

I had a quiet Friday and Saturday but Sunday saw me decorating the tree with YDs help and then helping her with wrapping her Christmas presents and organising cards for all her house mates and classmates.  This is getting an easier job as she is getting much better at staying on task and she also could tell me all the names of her classmates and how to spell them when we were making the list of all the cards  she had to write. 

Monday I had an counselling session at the Cancer Society and I did some shopping at Newmarket and at Sylvia Park on the way home  – I took the train up as it is so much more relaxing than driving and cost less money as well. 

Most of the week is fairly booked up with things so I probably wont do another blog til Friday at the earliest.  Today I have a waxing appointment and I am also going to pick up the ham for Christmas dinner. 

Tomorrow I have to put my car in to the panel beaters to get a scratch on its front bumper fixed – someone backed into me in the carpark at a shopping centre  the day I met up with L (IBC “sister”) for  a chat.  They were good about leaving a note on my windscreen about it.  This works in well with me tomorrow because I then have my blood tests (pre-chemo for Thursday) then hop on the train to go up for my bone scan .  I have to be up at Auckland Hospital  at midday for them to do an injection of radio active contrast and then I have to wait around til 3 for the actual scan so I will probably take a book and go and sit in the Domain or something if it is fine. Because my nausea post CT scan, OH is picking me up after the scan.  

On Thursday OD has the day off her Christmas holiday job so is taking me through for my chemo.  Once I know how I am handling things and how long the weekly chemo is likely to go on for I might ask for volunteers to pick me up from chemo each Thursday to take a bit of the strain off  OH. he is off for the two following chemo dates (Christmas Eve and New Years Eve)

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  1. jenny

     /  December 14, 2009

    “someone backed into me in the carpark at a shopping centre” I had someone back into me at the supermarket when Lawrence was in hospital, 10 years ago, kids in the back seat, crinkled bonnet. Steven’s just had his first little accident, oops. Backed into someones car at the petrol station. Came home asking how much to paint a bumper on a car. We told him it happens to everyone at some stage.


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