I thought that today was going to be the last day of the usual herceptin dose and the last day of the 18 weeks of hard chemo. Instead, it was the first day of high-dose herceptin that I will get every three weeks through October. It is quite exciting to be in this next phase of chemo and to think about no chemo next Wednesday. The only side effect that I am suffering with this heavy dose of herceptin is heavy drowsiness. I took a nap this afternoon, and I am still feeling sluggish in the brain. But hey, I'll take this side effect any day over the multitude of bummers I dealt after the other chemotherapies.
Despite the absence of chemotherapy next Wednesday, I am not free from my oncologist that day. My T9 vertebral body biopsy is scheduled for 9 am next Tuesday, and I will get the results from Dr. Oncologist the next day (Wednesday). I also have to go in Monday for blood work, to be sure my platelets are at least 100 before the procedure. Let's graph those platelets now (shown at right) so that you can see why we expect them to be 100 by next week. Dates are along the x-axis, and I don't remember what the unit of measure for platelets is but that unit is the y-axis. For the sake of clarity, I'm only graphing the last half of chemotherapy, which is the only time we've been in the platelet danger zone (gray area). As always, the hard chemos are arbitrarily graphed at a value of 100, and the easy (herceptin only) chemos are graphed at zero.
I am awfully nervous about the results of this bone biopsy. I'm going to try and stay distracted until then. I plan to go to work tomorrow, Friday, and Monday (unless there are other federal holidays that I've forgotten about), and the girls and I are going to get out of town and do something special this weekend. Maybe go to the state historical museum? Who knows. Anything to stay away from the precipice of tears that I teetered on last weekend.
right arm 7
left arm 5
left breast 1
superior vena cava 1