We are now 6 days into this fourth round of chemo, and as usual, it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. I haven’t posted since before this round started, mainly just because of the ups and downs. This round started out with much more intense nausea than last time and I had a difficult time keeping anything down for the first few days. I don’t know if I just have an unintelligent sense of optimism or what, but every day I feel like I am turning a corner and going to spring back faster than the last round, only to have my body remind me that it isn’t quite that easy! You can’t just decide you are going to overcome it, and the nausea pills don’t always help like you wish they would!
One of my old high school friends, Dave Thomas, was in town on Friday, visiting NYC with his girlfriend. He met us at the NYU Cancer Center and spent the day hanging out with us there and seeing our typical routine. Fortunately, I was feeling pretty good on Friday, so that worked out well. It was nice catching up, and always fun to have friends around!
Over the weekend, I have started to feel a similar sore throat to the one that came on during the last round of chemo. Last time it ended up leading to a fever which put me in the hospital for 5 days. Let’s hope that it doesn’t head down that path again! I started taking some left over medicine they gave me last time as soon as it started, so hopefully we can avoid another boring hospital trip.
As to the actual source of all this ridiculousness, my leg is looking MUCH better than it has in years. My calf has shrunk significantly and when you push on it, it actually moves around a good bit. We aren’t sure if this is a result of the swelling going down, additional chemo, or what, but I think Dr. Rosen will be very happy when he sees our progress this coming week. Regardless of what is causing it or what it means, having my calf shrink more can’t be a bad thing, so we are all pretty excited to see these tangible results!