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everything is making me sneeze
October 27, 2010, 9:38 am
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I’m having sneezing fits. What’s good about it is that since I’m not sick and I’m not spreading anything I don’t feel compelled to have subdued, ladylike sneezes. I don’t think it’s good for your brain to bottle those up. The downside is I also have diarrhea and there are certain unwelcome pressure changes, also unladylike, that accompany the sneezes. Conversations with customers sometimes end abruptly. So I have that to contend with today.

I had my first small treatment yesterday with just the Herceptin. Herceptin sounds super-scary but it’s really not that bad. Don’t kill yourself worrying about it if you ever have to get it. It isn’t chemo. It makes me really hungry and then kind of tired. Later on I was really crampy but I think that was because I ate too much stew and gummy bears. The lady who administers my drugs told me I might be loosing the hair inside my nose and that’s hows come the sneezing. That’s an interesting tidbit. The human body really is like a box of chocolates.

I went and got what promises to be an extremely flammable wig from UW hospital. They have them there for free. I still have head hair, but probably not for the long. Wheee. Right now I’m kind of bummed that my Neutrophils are at 588 (it’s a blood thing), which isn’t so hot cause below 500 gives you a high risk of infection from pretty much anything. So I’m supposed to be very careful to not eat raw food or injure myself. That probably includes not setting my wig on fire. So I don’t know what to do with myself-danger is everywhere. Right now I am microwaving soup that you drink out of a little can. Seems safe enough but you should see the pile of shit I have to crawl over to get to the microwave. Wish me luck.



OK so far
October 20, 2010, 11:46 am
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Hi guys

So far so good. I’m sitting around at the shop today eating things. Eating things is really important. I don’t know much about this whole thing yet but I can tell you that I’m drinking lots of water, eating crackers and bananas and soup, walking around to and fro the store, and if a doctor gives me a pill that supposed to make me feel better, down it go-nom, nom, nom!. It’s not like being sick, really, it’s more like being hyper-aware that you could get nauseous at any time, but you don’t. I have four different anti-nausea scripts and so far there hasn’t been a bad one in the batch. Also, I’ve been informed that if one stops working there are 25 more kinds in the bank. Hooray for pills.

I have to get a MUGA scan for my heart tomorrow. I’m bored of talking about this already. One thing that’s sort of interesting about nausea is that when you get the chemo, on top of a bunch of misc. pills, they give you a big shot of something that’s supposed to prevent nausea for 3-5 days. Then they give you  the 4 prescriptions and a dosage map. I’m on day 3 now so I hope everything keeps working after that shot goes. I could probably get another one if I asked nice.



got my port
October 17, 2010, 4:09 pm
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Yeah, the port was supposed to be some super easy thing but it kinda hurts. I guess it is a big plastic button jammed under my skin so I’m not sure what I was expecting.  Anyway, now that I’ve got that, I’m starting treatment tomorrow (the 18th) -TCH (Taxotare, Carboplatin Herceptin) once every  3 weeks for 6 rounds with Herceptin infusions every week. Cancer is such a hassle, you guys. I hope like hell you never get it.

I got my hair cut really short in anticipation of it falling out in a few weeks. I can tell already that I’m not going to miss it much-hair is really a time and money suck. So, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, hair. Eyebrows, on the other hand, I kind of want to keep, but probably won’t. I’ve been shopping around for the stick-on kind. If mine fall off I want to apply fake ones at a downward angle so that I always look angry or disapproving. Then service will shape up around here.

Steroids and water on on the menu tonight. Zoom, zoom! I feel peppy. Steroids are a sometimes food. I have to take them now to avoid possible allergic reactions from tomorrow’s million dollar cocktail. This first infusion is supposed to take 4 hours. I should have learned to knit, doggone it. I think we can watch a movie during the drip but I’ll wager that movies with a lot of screaming and explosions are not on the table. The Carbone Cancer clinic is one somber zone. Because we are children, we call it the Hambone Cancer Clinic. Is it ok to joke about the cancer clinic? Only if it’s funny. Same as everything.

Later on, guys. I expect to be down for a while after this one but should post in a week or so.


you guys missed the washing machine
October 6, 2010, 12:09 pm
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This week hits on the cancer post  surpassed the hits on the post about cartoon illustrations of Pop Tarts at the grocery store. Not by much, though, 18 to 15. Glad to see everything’s normal.

Anyway, we had our little washing machine death performance art piece on Saturday. It was awesome and hilarious. I have a video of it but, due to the modifications to the machine’s engine, the vid is super long (7 min.). After numerous additions to the spinning load  it just kept going. The machine was on fire, too, did I mention that? Fire was a nice touch.

The ramp leading into the laundry hole was a safety measure so that a bowling ball could be rolled into it from a safe distance. Everyone was concerned about safety initially, but as the crowd’s blood lust grew people threw caution to the wind and just threw whatever in there-easily 75 pounds of material-bricks, forge weights, whatever was around. That thing blazed and clunked but it would not fall apart. After 7 minutes, the secondary motor finally stopped.

A lot of the stuff that went flying in the original vid had to be removed to install the stronger motor on top. So, not as much dancing or debris from this one but still pretty spectacular because of the fire and the incredible amount of weight it held. I’m handing the video over to the electrician who did the modifications on the machine. Hopefully he’ll get it up on You Tube.

Anyway, in other news, I have an appointment with the chemo guy next Tuesday. Because of what my doctor said at my last appt., I’m under the strong impression that certain tests have to be done before treatment starts and it seems logical that those tests require additional appts. (A port requires surgery, heart test requires labs, CBC requires labs, etc.) And the appointments are not exactly setting up themselves, which is sort of mysterious to me but not unexpected at all at this point. I thought I’d get in for a port, like, soon, (so it would heal, right?) and then tell them to order the labs and get those done but I haven’t heard back from the nurse I called on Monday to set it up. So, I don’t know what’s going on, really. And this is exactly how this has been going all along. Tra la la. It’s why I don’t generally blog about stuff until it’s over.

Have you seen this video?
October 1, 2010, 2:47 pm
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We have one of those washing machines and we’re going to try to do the same thing. We have an electrician on board making it happen. If you want to watch, the event is taking place during Open Art Studios at Erika and Aaron’s welding shop located at All Metals Recycling, 1802 South Park St. in Madison. Probably around 5:30 pm on Saturday Oct. 2. Beer and snacks will be provided. Since it’s Missy’s birthday, she gets to throw the brick.

Also, I went dumpster diving last night and I got a giant unicorn painting and a fog machine. We don’t know if the fog machine works yet because we don’t have any fog juice, but wouldn’t it be great if it did? Free fog machine. I remember pricing those at one time but I don’t remember why I wanted one. You know, maybe it was a bubble machine I wanted. Fog machine would be good too.

Also, it’s Gallery Night tonight. Art, food, music, beads. My interest is waning on the event this time around so I didn’t set up anything cool like a Regretsy show. I do have quite a bit of Regretsy stuff for sale, though. I’ve been collecting. Stop by if you’re in the hood.