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      You definitely need a good sense of humor and positive attitude. I hope all goes well. Keeping you in my thoughts

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      Sending good thoughts and prayers for you!

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      I also wanted to send you all good thoughts and lots of prayers coming your way.

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      Well, good news! My hgb and white count were OK. However, when they checked my BP... I couldn't get my systolic above 85... even laying down. (Dropped to 80 when standing). So they whipped me back to the infusion room and infused two liters of saline... boosting the systolic to 113 sitting down. And you know what? Wow. When you can get blood to your head, you actually do feel a lot better. An amazing thing.

      I may have been dehydrated because of Nevada's lovely hot dry air, and Reno's elevation (I live at 5500 feet.) I honestly wasn't thirsty, so from now on I'll have my thermos continually full of iced tea (decaf) and will keep sipping.

      Got the buzz cut last night. Sporting the classic Auschwitz look this summer. Ugh. But I will do a bunch of retail therapy and find hats and scarves I like. Thank God for Amazon.

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      Dehydration sneaks up on you in the dry heat. I attended a golf school in Palm Springs and they had one woman who just kept track of everyone to make sure they were drinking enough. It was crazy how much fluids you lose without even noticing it.

      Glad to see they got you fixed up quick. Take good care of yourself and keep your spirits up. Sending prayers for successful chemo with the least side affects.

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      Quote Originally Posted by TuMicks View Post
      Well... I found out that the nadir (worst part of the cycle) of the drugs I'm being treated with, hits around day 10 to 14. Guess what? I'm getting the infusions every two weeks. So, if I do the math... they are treating me at the worst time with the next dose. And they are going to do it 7 more times.

      Somehow this kinda seems suicidal.

      However... I am assured that this is "Evidence Based" practice and people do survive it. And the plan is that the cancer cells don't. I am going in tomorrow for blood work and they'll let me know how I'm doing.

      If my hemoglobin is below 7 and/or the platelets below 20 thousand (about a tenth of the normal amount) they'll transfuse me. Oh, goodie.

      You gotta have a sense of humor. The standard advice for chemo patients is to not handle dirt or flowers. I haven't read anything about caring for 3 labrador retrievers. Strictly don't ask, don't tell.
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      Thinking of you, & sending positive thoughts & prayers your way!

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      Thinking of you, and how strong you are, fight like a Girl! We are rooting for you.

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      Thanks guys. Had to go in for my complete metabolic panel this morning (they want to make sure my liver and kidneys are holding up OK...) and I asked them to repeat my Hbg because the previous reading could have been artificially high due to my dehydration. They did and my Hbg had gone down to 10.3. Not bad. Plenty to do the job of carrying oxygen around to where it's needed.

      I feel perfectly normal. Going to grandson's baseball game tonight. He plays pitcher and catcher. He has a devastating fast ball. So much so that most kids can't catch for him. But he's in All-Stars now and there is a kid who's able to do it. The other night Cash threw the maximum number of pitches Little League allows (85) and of those, 67 were strikes.

      So proud. 2 years ago his LL team went to the State finals (and won). He caught for 10 grueling innings in 95 degree heat. Not a pitch went past him. A baseball dad was walking past my daughter and asked who that catcher was. When she said... "that's my son" he shook his head and said... "he's one tough son-of-a-gun."

      So GO RENO AMERICANS!!! (They named themselves the "Dirt Bags" but don't ask me why.)

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      This round of chemo has gone much better. I get tired by which I mean something happens to my eyelids and they sorta drift down over my eyes and my brain turns off and I am forced to take a nap. But the nausea has not been a problem.

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