Thursday, October 3, 2019
More on the First Infusion
Yesterday I completed my first session of Chemo. I went home and took my Prednisone (which is the P in R-chop). Today I went in for a booster shot to build my white blood cell count - part of what the therapy tries to do is to break down and rebuild your white count. So the shot today is precautionary - they don't want that count to get to dangerous levels. The more I see this process it is fitted to the patient but not exact - so they are constantly measuring and adjusting to see what works.
I gained a little weight (that was from the Prednisone and all the fluids I took in) - last night as a result of all that I slept better than I had for a month or so. When I walked Indy this morning I felt like a weight had been lifted from my chest.
Tonight, my lead doctor called in to see how things had gone. The followup on my team is amazing - this afternoon I got a call from the lead nurse.
As I understand the cycle a couple of days after I finish the round of Prednisone - my energy levels will regress to where they were and then gradually build up again to when I have the second infusion on the 23rd.
Indiana has become my pace dog - when I feel crappy he finds lots more reasons to slow down and sniff for stuff or mark territory - when I feel stronger - he matches my pace. He is the canine part of the team.