My day started with a cup of coffee, and then I sat down at the computer when suddenly a gush of a nose bleed started. Thankfully, right then, my neighbor knocked at the door to walk my dog. I opened the door, wads of Kleenex in hand, and she took the dog and the leash and I managed to get to the couch to lay down. I thought I had gotten past these by sleeping with the humidifier for the past several nights. Apparently not.
I had my Herceptin infusion today, which my friend Deb drove me to. I spoke with an oncologist about the nose bleeds, and also pointed out that my left forearm is sore and swollen. She referred me to an Ear Nose and Throat doctor for the nose bleeds (which could take several days to get an appintment for), and then after my infusion she had me go to see the doctor who installed my port. Evidently the nose bleeds are the least of my concerns right now. Wasting no time, Dr. Cho personally walked me to ultrasound and had me seen right away for my arm, which they fear may have a blood clot in it. The unltrasound took over an hour. They were very thorough, scanning from my elbow to my heart, along the path of the port, having me make a fist, then relax, testing the flow. I am waiting to hear from the radiologist now. It could take a day or so before the results are back. (UPDATE Thursday 2/05/09: The doctor called – it is not a clot – only restricted blood flow as a result of the catheter coming from the port – a complication that is common. )I asked what they do if there is a blood clot and they told me that they put patients on blood thinners for that. I thought, GREAT! More nose bleeds!
As with each week, I met some more chemo patients today. One lady, younger than me, in stage 4 breast cancer, which had already gone to her lung and bone. He lungs appear clear now but they are treating the bone cancer . As you would expect in a room filled with women who have lost their hair, HAIR (or the lack thereof) seemed to be the topic of the day. She was showing us her new brown baby soft hair growth, and we all gazed longingly for the day when that would be us….She showed us her old driver’s license with her formerly blonde hair. How interesting! When they all learned that the hair under my ball cap was not mine, they were shocked! They couldn’t believe how real it looked and wanted to know how they could get one too! We exchanged web site links, and chatted for the three hours we were together. Comrads in battle, each in our own fight.
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