Just a quick post to say hello and that I made it through my Chemo #4, YAY!! I think my support team (Nick, Diane and Rebecca) was too pooped to write last night, so I wanted to let you know I am just fine. Yesterday was definitely not fun, I was feeling pretty sickie by early evening, but I was able to nap in the afternoon and sleep most of the night which was pretty amazing. Today I am suffering the post chemo hangover, which is sucky, but tolerable. Keeping my weight up is a very important goal of mine throughout all of this, and I thankfully have been able to eat three meals both yesterday and today. I think keeping fueled lessens the symptoms a lot and keeps me from looking from too cancer patient-y. Thanks for the yummy Sloppy Joe's tonight Monica!
Today I went for my post chemo Neulasta shot (raises white blood cells), but the more exciting appointment was with my plastic surgeon for my first chest expander fills! So, what this means is that the nurse fills yet another gigantic syringe with saline solution, uses a magnet to find the injection point in each of my chest expanders, and then shoots the syringe's thin needle through my skin (only felt a little poke on each side) and fills each with 50cc's of saline solution. This will happen every week until my expanders grow to the size that I want my new boobs. Pretty cool, huh? Once they are the at the size of my liking (double D??), we stop expanding. Unfortunately, I'll be keeping the expanders until this time next year before I can have my exchange surgery (because I'll be getting radiation after chemo and that changes the breast tissue, so I have to wait until it heals), when they surgically remove my expanders and give me my "real" breast implants. So anyway, I now have teeny tiny breasts and a very sore chest as my skin and muscles expand. This should only last a few days each week after the fills. It's worth it, as I am so excited to be able to wear fitted t-shirts again without looking like a 7 year old boy.
Ok, Nick is demanding that I head to bed and I agree. I think I'm through the worst of this week's side effects and I'm ready to start feeling better every day.
We send our love to all near and far!