Crick, crick, crick, crick, crick - the sound of the IV. Nearly done with the first half of Cycle #2. Hooray.
So, no blood clot in my left leg. The swelling is attributed to lymphadema - swelling in a limb after removal of a lymph node. As it was explained to me, the body has to re-learn how to filter fluids out of your body once the lymph nodes are gone. Sometimes it happens fast, sometimes it takes a while. So we are just monitoring it for now. If it doesn't improve then I will go to the Lymphadema Clinic which is like physical therapy basically where they work on getting the fluids to drain. One doctor described it as the tissue is like a sponge - soaking up water - so it isn't big pockets of fluid its dispersed throughout the leg. Meanwhile it still looks hideous.
My blood counts were good yesterday. That neulasta is amazing - my WBC was 15.7 - for those fellow cancer patients or anybody familiar with blood counts that is pretty doggone high. My RBC was a bit low but not low enough to get platelets. So, so far so good on that front too.
I spent a couple hours in radiation therapy yesterday afternoon. I have about 12 (Eriana counted them) sharpie marks on my leg & belly. I got my first treatment yesterday, second one will be this afternoon. Then every day until May 7th I believe.
This morning Eriana & I went to Emilia's recognition for making the Head's List at school. Pretty stringent criteria - grades have to average about 95 with no grade lower than an 85. She was one of 4 or 5 in her class to receive the award (all girls of course). She got it in the first quarter as well & last quarter she was on Dean's List. Smart cookie - we are all proud of her!
They start swim team on the 22nd at their new place - its called Seven Hills & is right near our house. Our neighbors across the street are active there & we decided to see if its a better fit for us than the Y at this stage in our lives.
For photo therapy today I chose this hawk image. I took it in Naples last spring. His eyes are hauting huh. I wouldn't want to be that rat or snake he is hunting down. Of course I wouldn't really want to be any rat or snake...