Day 1, Treatment Day (Tuesday): Another early morning at NYU. I was brought right in to have my blood taken, didn’t have to wait at all for my oncologist and since everything was going so quickly, she sent me up to the infusion floor before my numbers came back and said that she would stop by if there were any issues. Stacy came to let me know that my neutrophil count was 1.1, but they were going to allow me to get treated. Phew. It is strange how my neutrophil counts don’t really correlate with how I am actually feeling.
After a quick treatment, Matt and I walked home and I took a nap. I must have really needed a nap because I slept for 3 hours and missed my acupuncture appointment. Oops. Thankfully, she was able to squeeze me in at the end of the day.
Matt and I cooked dinner and went to sleep early.
Day 2 (Wednesday): I woke up feeling great and continued my Wednesday routine – I brought Aidan to camp, went to a Pilates class, had lunch with a friend, took a nap, and had a really relaxing afternoon.
Day 3 (Thursday): Another day of feeling great. Didn’t do anything special. Aidan and I both got acupuncture in the afternoon.
Day 4 (Friday): This was actually the worst day, emotionally, that I’ve had throughout this whole cancer journey. I’ll elaborate in another post but, it started out with Aidan waking me up at 5:30am and was downhill from there. Most days I feel really okay with everything going on, but I guess today wasn’t one of those days.
Physically, I am still experiencing a lot of itching in my feet and other strange parts of my body. I also have started to have knuckle pain in my left hand which is also a side effect of Taxol. For some people, the feeling is temporary and goes away once treatment is over but for others it can turn into ongoing arthritis. Hopefully, I experience the former. I have started taking epsom salt baths to relieve the pain and am addressing it with acupuncture as well.
6 Taxol down, 6 to go!
Other fun things I did this week: got stuck in the rain, had breakfast at Joe Jr., watched Aidan’s camp performance of Singing in the Rain, went to the Union Square Farmer’s Market, had a pool day, & birthday celebrations began