I still can’t believe I’m saying that I have leukemia. It just doesn’t seem real; and I was diagnosed
over 20 days ago.
I just finished my first full round of chemo on Tuesday which I suppose is somewhat exciting.
There were three different chemo treatments I was getting–two from an IV, using a port in my chest to not damage the smaller veins in my arms and hands, and then a pill that I’m supposed to take twice a day (my oral chemo).
One chemo is called Idarubicin. It would only be infused only for 30 minutes a day for three days.
I also had a continuous bag of Cytarabine that was infused for 24 hours for four days. Plus I had several other things being pumped through my body… antibiotics, prechemo meds, zofran, potassium etc. (With the Cytarbine I had do to two eye drops in each eye, four times daily because it can cause conjunctivitis.
The last was the medication is the oral chemo pills called Nexavar. They were 6400 bucks, which is crazy. Luckily our insurance covered it. I had to take two pills, two times daily for seven days. They are supposed to attack my bad FLT 3 mutation in my bone marrow.
So I had a lot of IVs hooked into me through my port and even my hand, and if I needed to go to the bathroom, I have push this little cart around so my fluids could stay running continuously. Fun stuff.
Oh! And make sure to listen to the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show Monday between 7-8 am! They called me this week and surprised me. Oh what a blessing that was, and they totally lifted my spirits. And thank you to my friend, Wanda for nominating us. Now that woman… is an amazing, uplifting woman; a woman like no other!
Thank you all for your kind words, thoughts and prayers,