October 01, 2006

3rd chemotherapy

Last friday I had my 3rd chemotherapy. It was touch and go as my white blood cell count was below 1 on wednesday. Luckily I saw my oncologist on thursday and he suggested am emergency test on thursday. If the white blood cell count was above 1 then they would go ahead. The nurses instructions are to wait until it is 1.5, which would mean a week’s delay. I think the oncologist could see that I was really well. I put this down to the chinese herbal remedies I am taking, acupuncture and also the active chi therapy I am doing.

The whole ting is that while I have not as much energy as usual and my brain is working less well, I am generally quite lively in weeks 2 and 3. I know week 1 will be hard week, but I am generally well. I have problem with holing things, increased clumsiness is frustrating. Mind you I can still do up buttons which is apparently a major problem with taxol.

The chemotherapy went well this time. I had no problems with my blood pressure which was a relief. It still took a long time. But I was out by about 5.00 p.m.. I felt pretty dopey as the Piriton kicked in more than last time. I spent a lot of the time fast asleep. We decided that it was pointless Michael sitting with me all day. I am not much company dozing off all the time. We spent a quiet evening and I was fine on saturday.

We went to hear Bryn Terfel in a gala concert at Warwick Arts Centre on saturday evening. I brilliant experience. He has a beautiful voice and an amazing presence. He was accompanied by the Machester Camerata and Caitlin Finch was playing the harp..She is also amazing, realy make the harp come alive. With Michael’s help, lots of nudging, I managed to stay awake!


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