3 Down, 1 to Go

Don’t get too excited … one more left in Phase I of my Chemo. My first phase was a combo of Adriamycin and Cytoxan (AC). It was given every other week for eight weeks. The second Phase is going to be either Taxetere or Taxol to be given every week for twelve weeks. So I’m not even actually half-way through, but it’s still something to celebrate 🙂

My chemo companion was Daddy today. He picked me up in his 1965 Austin Healey. Rag top was down because 75 degrees on December 15th is how we roll in our neck of the woods. I wanted to take what I think would be the coolest picture — my reflection in the the side mirrors (located at the front of the vehicle), but my phone was in a bag in the back seat, and I thought I could get it on the way home (he ended up having to leave before I was done — center was running late today). I will try to re-create it soon.

I will share pics of me, but it will be in my forthcoming first Beauty Post. Stay tuned ….

The Cancer Center was crowded today. I mean packed! I’m not sure if its because of the holidays, or if we have new patients (I did notice at least two). But they were running behind. No worries for me … it gives me time to people-watch.

An older African-American woman was on her way out, flanked by two other women. My experience is that black women age VERY well, so if I think she looked a little older, who knows? She could have been pushing 90. Anyway, she looked so pleased with herself, and she was carrying (close to her face, like she was showing it off) a wrapped blow pop. I immediately grinned (I love blow pops too) and she gave me a beautiful smile back.

Fortunately I was taken back after only a few minutes of waiting. Many may be familiar with the Chemo process, but for those of you who aren’t, a brief primer. Each time a patient arrives for Chemo, vitals are taken and a full CBC (complete blood count) is done (This is one of multiple reasons for patients like me to have a porto-cath placed under the skin … less poking of veins). The CBC is done to ensure several things: to make sure that my white blood count is good (chemo and illness can lower it); to make sure that my liver function looks good (it takes a toll on that, too); and to make sure I’m not dehydrated. I’m sure there are other things the Doc looks for, but that’s what they have mentioned to me so far.

Since I have been sick and may have used a certain home remedy involving a certain favorite spirit to help with my cough (as recently as last night), I was nervous about my blood work. However, it turned out wonderfully (whew! got away with the Bourbon-nipping). Onward and upward, as they say.

Chemotherapy and the rest of the day went off without a hitch! Stay tuned for my first Beauty Post!



2 thoughts on “3 Down, 1 to Go

  1. Don’t want to turn your stomach – this could go either way – how about some egg nog to go with that bourbon or a brandy alexander (my fave) my treat – after work some night? Allegra, You totally rock. Saw that photo of you on the swings. Best not to grow up – EVER.


    1. True Confession: I have never tried EggNog. Since we don’t celebrate Christmas, it was never a tradition in our house, and the appearance scares me. And I don’t know what a Brandy Alexander is! You must educate me on both 🙂


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