Chemo Fog

On Friday I had to go in for a shot of Neulasta which is used to stimulate the growth of “healthy” white blood cells in the bone marrow.  We were planning to have Ed trained to deliver the shot over the remaining 5 treatments to save us a trip back to the doctor’s office, until we found out that particular shot costs $5,900 per shot.  Yikes.  Now we are second guessing that.  One mistake would cost a nice chunk of change.  Ironically on Friday, right before administering the shot, the nurse dropped the syringe on the floor.  Oops.  She had to go back to the pharmacy for a new one.  Hope she keeps her job because I really like her!  Anyway, as she is giving me the (new) shot she asks, “Have you taken your pain medicine?”   “No”, I reply.  “Well, you  might want to”.  “O.K.”  “This shot tends to cause severe bone pain.”  “Great”.  Guess we should have read the side effect information in more detail.  That was not what we expected for some reason.  So home we went and I took a pain pill.  I felt totally fine on Friday.  Maybe because of the pain medicine?

Saturday  I woke up feeling a little different.  All weekend I have been in a “chemo fog” and have felt like I have the flu.  With that said, I have still managed to get up every day , get dressed, have been outside both mornings, and have been somewhat productive at home (which most of you know is important to me).  I have not been in bed all day but have been in need of an afternoon nap.  It’s been a rough weekend but I am hanging in there and hoping for a good day tomorrow!

I can’t thank everyone enough for the meals, gifts, cards, texts, emails, calls, kind words, and prayers.  Ed and I are both overwhelmed with all of the love and support.  Thank you!

Comments

  1. You are still looking as grand as ever sitting in that chair and with the best sense of humor. I am amazed by you and your courage through this. Saying so many prayers for you. BIG SMILES to all. Love, Mandi

  2. Smooches!!!!

  3. As always, you are in our thoughts and prayers!!!!!

    Love,
    M.

  4. I guess we don’t have to tell you but Dad and I are so very proud of you. You are really something! Love MOM

  5. Hi, guys! As I wish “it” is a nightmare, only to later wake up with relief it’s over; “it” is real. But, as a dream, you will wake up, stronger to sun shining bright!

  6. Hi Meredith ! just thinking of you 🙂

  7. Jana & Rick says:

    Meredith,

    Jana and I are reading each blog and we admire your strength of will and character. Don’t hesitate to rely on Ed, family and friends. If Jana and I can be of any help, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Rick Ross

  8. melissa campbell says:

    You do look faboosh in that damn chemo chair…

    I am very upset that you are uable to have peeps with you in the chemo room as you stated in an earlier post…. When Samantha on Sex and the City had chemo all the gals sat with her and had popsicles…. You tell whoever is in charge I think they should watch the show and let at least your mommy in there with you!!! Seriously tho I bet it is a germ issue…. right? I was not allowed to sit with my mom when she had dyalysis come to think of it……
    Anyhooo… hope you’re hangin in there.. you are one tough cookie for sure.
    xoxox melissa , sean and Lydia

  9. Reading your updates and right here with you girl!

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