We started off with the blood draw and then appointment with Dr. Anderson, my Oncologist. Sarah had not yet been to one of my appointments with me, and I really enjoyed her company. Besides, I think it helped to quel any fears she may have had about my treatments. AND, I got to show off another one of my beautiful daughters to everyone!!!
Something I seem to notice at Redwood Regional Cancer Center ~ it is a somber place for sure. Not the staff, but the patients, of course. I've yet to see someone there much younger than me, which I suppose is because they would most likely be treated at UCSF instead, and those hear are mostly quite older and well into their treatments. So a lot of hats are visible, people in walker, wheelchairs, etc. I have to kind of tone down my cheeriness as I am not quite to where they are yet. Everyone once in a while I seem someone like me -- with hair. I wonder, is there there first consultation, their first blood draw, their first infusion??? I've not found many of the patients to be chatty during infusion; but then, I've only had one so far. (Be patient, dear Debbie, you are new to this club and people are just getting to know you).
|(Fourth Grade Hat; Pattern by Abby Franquemont)|
Dr. Anderson is a quiet man who does not seem to become alarmed by much. He is oh so calm; seems to be a sweet gentle man. I like him! He is good for me!! He tells me that my blood counts are all perfect and we are ready for chemo tomorrow. He goes over the check list I completed when I arrived and asks a few more questions. He asks if I have any rashes. Wouldn't you know that a few bumps popped up just this morning on the inside of my left knee and they are itchy. So after discussing this and showing him the area, he says we will need to keep an eye on this to be sure it is not shingles. At this point, there is not enough of a rash to warrant it, but we will check it the next two days when I return for chemo and the Neulasta shot. If it gets worse, I am to let him know right away as they will want to get me on an anti-viral drug. (My face is kind of breaking out right now, too which rarely happens, so I'll need to mention this next time I see him as I did not do so today.)
The appointment went well and we learned more about my other treatments. Dr. Anderson will do a breast exam ever other chemo treatment. This is to see that the size of the tumors have not grown. He said that is actually hard to determine this through scans as the tumor is usually taken over by scar tissue when the cancer recedes. It will only be in surgery that they will know if the lumps are malignant or scar tissue. But the exam will tell if anything is getting bigger. We also learned that surgery is best if followed 3 weeks after chemo ends, depending on how I am feeling at that time. At latest, surgery should follow 6-8 weeks after last chemo so as not to allow that weany cancer to start taking a hold again. Then soon there after it would most likely be followed by 6 weeks of radiation.
Now mind you, all this happened from 10:15 to 11:30am this morning and now the fun begins.
I've been meaning to make a stop at the Wednesday morning Santa Rosa Farmer's Market for some time. It seems I keep making trips past the fairgrounds on Wednesday mornings and see all the stalls, but cannot stop due to an appointment or other commitment. But today..... We head right back over there after my oncology appointment. The bags are now full of lovely cancer-fighting mushrooms to smother in a lovely Brookfarm egg omelet, blood oranges, kale and greens for juicing, sand of course some humus and chips.
Then we head West to Sebastopol to check out a new yarn store, West County Fiber Emporium, and have a nice time looking around and visiting with the shop owner. Sandie. She is carrying some Brookfarm yarns in her store! :-)
|Sarah at SEA Thai in Petaluma|
So now we are hungry. And all I can think of is the restaurant that Tina and Nancy and I visited a couple of weeks back, Sea Thai. Sarah and I had a lovely lunch of Pad Thai, deep fried portobello mushrooms, and bok choi. Everything is so delicious, and we continue to visit and just enjoy each others company.
Our last stop in our long day is a stop at the Seed Bank in Petaluma. Oh my, I am going to get a garden started soon, but there are thousands of seed packs and I cannot decide on anything. I do want to get some greens growing for juicing, but need to give it all some thought before taking the next step. Sarah will be telling Chris about the composting class they are having tomorrow night. So she and I browse around for 30 minutes or so, pick up a couple of catalogs, and a gift for Mark. He is now the proud owner of Poultry Breeds, a complete compedium of every poultry breed you could imagine, complete with beautiful photos and everything you could ever want to know. he will love this as he has really gotten into his chickens over the last 4 months or so.
So, that is our fun day outing. We are home, tired and worn out. But oh so happy. Now it is on to a nice dinner and restful night before tomorrow -- my second chemo treatment. Time to blast the smitherings out of those cancer cells again. I AM EXCITED!!!