|Diana, Suzi and I snowshoeing|
Yesterday I began another cycle of chemo. What better way to spend Valentine's then with my sweetheart in the Chemo Spa!. I received such a warm welcome from my oncologist and nurses. After some blood tests I found myself back in the infusion room. Mike and I settled into our little space and got comfortable while my favorite nurse Leslie got me prepped. We were there for over 4 hours and I received some fluids, anti-nausea meds, Zometa (a bone strengthening med) and then my Velcade. Hopefully this next round will help bring down my M-Spike and zap those remaining stubborn cancer cells.
After a great lunch out at our favorite Mexican spot it was time for me to put back on my mommy hat and pick up the kids and go to piano lessons. While sitting waiting for the lessons to be over I could barely lift myself off the chair. Fatigue completely settled in and I was wishing the boys were old enough to drive us home. After going over homework and the looking at the piles of Valentines dumped all over the kitchen table I dragged myself over to the couch. I literally felt like I had been hit by a freight train.
Fortunately I woke up with some energy today. Good thing, because Mike flew out to California. I am trying to slow myself down a bit today, to reserve energy for the week. I'm am hoping to keep up the exercise, maybe not to the level of last week but keep moving. I am sure everyday will be different, as I am back on my daily dose of 15 pills. I am back in the chemo chair on Thursday and then that will be one week done!
This cancer chemo schedule is just going to have to be balanced out with life as a busy mom of four kids with a husband who is traveling. This is not exactly the part-time job I had in mind, but then life has a way of throwing us curve balls. I guess my next challenge is going to be learning to live with cancer. Which means balancing the pill, chemo and doctor visits along with kids, homework, cleaning, cooking and carpooling to activities. When I think about it too much I find myself completely overwhelmed. But the alternative of being in a hospital bed sheltered from everything and everyone I love (like I was 3 months ago) keeps me grounded. Life although busy and at times overwhelming is what I love. I am just trying to take each day as it comes. Today, I am off the couch and I am not feeling sick. I got the kids off to school, did some housework and I'm heading out to do some errands. I might just try to hit the treadmill! But then I think I'll be finding my way on to the couch for a bit before the afternoon with the kids.
Enjoy the sunshine today!