|Pepper Place Market|
It’s been nearly a month since my last post, and what a busy month it was. After my sixth treatment on August 26, we began to get ready for our daughter’s visit from Australia. We were in a flurry of getting the dogs to the groomer, cleaning house, getting in groceries, etc. and getting more Neupogen shots to keep my white blood cell count up. I was able to get the shots scheduled for early morning so that our days weren’t interrupted too much, so we were able to get a few activities in while Heather was here. We went to the Pepper Place Farmer’s Market, Railroad Park, Art Crawl in downtown Birmingham, plus a couple of yoga classes and had a family get-together.
|Plenty of tomatoes and peaches|
|Heather admiring some of the work at ArtCrawl|
It took me quite a while to recover after that last treatment, and I had side effects that I’d
been able to avoid before. I experienced peripheral neuropathy in my hands for the first time- and it is NOT fun, so now I wear gloves whenever I reach into the fridge or freezer and Mr. G reaches into the cooler and frozen food sections at the grocery store, because I keep forgetting my gloves when we go out. Gloves are just not something I normally think about when the weather is hot and humid, but a few more experiences of numb, painful fingers will probably work well to jog my memory.
I had more shots on Sept 14,15 & 16 in order to build up my blood counts for the last scheduled treatment on September 25, yesterday. I thought at the time, and did mention that maybe we should put off the shots until just before the treatment, but was assured this schedule should work just as well. Guess what? It didn’t. Another roller coaster on the numbers and another delay, so I got a shot yesterday and will get more on Monday and Tuesday, with the chemo treatment scheduled for Wednesday. About two weeks after that I’ll have a scan to see how all this chemo has worked, or rather IF it has worked to shrink the tumors, and then we’ll figure out, based on the results, what happens next.
|Hummingbird straggler, tiger swallowtail|
|Late summer bloomers|
|Signs of fall: American Beautyberry, goldenrod, pineapple sage, dogwood leaves|