Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Half way through chemo!

I was scheduled for 4 cycles of one drug combo and 4 cycles of another drug to be given alone. I have completed the first 4 cycles! Some time in the next few weeks I will get an ultrasound of the breast tumor to check on the size, reassure myself that the chemo is working and the tumor is shrinking.  In a week and a half I will start the second drug, which, according to most sources, is easier to handle. We'll see. It's more frequent side effects are numbness or pins and needles in the hands and feet called neuropathy. That could make fiber work tough, but I'll take it one day at a time.

After 3 weeks or more of no knitting, I picked up Shellseeker and started knitting again. Yippee! I still don't knit a lot. I had thought that during chemo I would knit all the time when I wasn't at work but it has just seemed to be too much trouble. I sit and veg in front of the TV screen instead. Not very productive but it seems to be what I can handle right now. I am still working part time and that feels good.

Mom is doing her best to take care of me and help around the house. She does a lot of smaller chores like emptying the dishwasher, which no one likes, and laundry. Some of the small things like dusting, which I just can't be bothered doing, have been done, too. ;-)
She plans to stay until just after my next chemo (the first of the new drug) and then head home. She'll be back for my surgery. I think she is bored because she doesn't have her own little (and big) projects to work on, but we are doing OK.

Have you seen the Spring IK? I love the cover sweater, though I would add a collar, and the tunic top. I might knit that with linen to be used as a tunic and a swim suit cover up. Linen should be more comfortable in 80 degree temps and 90% humidity than merino wool. See, even though I haven't been knitting, I haven't lost the interest in knitting.

Speaking of interest, due to my planned trip to Rhinebeck, I was going to just go to MDSW for 1 day and maybe work half of that. I found out from the doctor that I can't go at all. Being exposed to the animals and dust etc. while on chemo is a no-no. Technically I will be finished with chemo by then but I am not going to take any chances. If I get sick, it might postpone surgery and or other treatment so I will be good. Disappointing but not terrible. It will be the first time in over 10 years I will have missed.

Have a good day.

1 comment:

EGunn said...

Half way is great! Especially if it's supposed to get "easier" as you go. Too bad about MDSW, but hopefully Rhinebeck will make up for it!