Monday, September 27, 2010

1st Chemo Treatment

Thursday, September 23, 2010, was my first Chemo treatment.  It wasn't THAT bad.  My nurse was amazing and I felt like I was in good hands.  I was thrilled that she thought my veins were "a treat".  It only took her once to get the IV in.  I was so happy!  When I was in the hospital having Emma, it took the nurses 5 tries to get the IV in and then they had to get the phlebotomist!  Anyway, that was a good way to get started.  She hooked me up and started the meds.  First she gave me Aloxi which is an anti-nausea medication, then the Cytoxan and then Taxotere.  I felt "normal" until the Taxotere and then all of the sudden I had an allergic reaction.   Tight chest, flushed red and a paralyzing pain in my back, hips and legs.   This is not un-common.  The nurse loaded me up with Benedryl and some other meds and soon the symptons were gone.  Then she started the treatment back up again and I did fine.  I'm SO THANKFUL that I only have to do this 3 more times!  After each treatment, I have to go in the next day to receive an injection of Neulasta.  This helps stimulate the production of white blood cells which will help to fight infection.  It causes some bone pain.  Nothing a good Lortab can't handle :)
And so it's began...  Over the weekend I actually felt pretty good.  Today (Monday) is a little different.  I woke up with a sore, swollen throat.  I'm hoping it goes away soon.  Also, poor little Emma hasn't been herself today.  She threw up twice today and just doesn't seem to be able to get comfortable.  Finally, tonight she is resting and I am praying for a good night and a better day tomorrow.  Poor little girl.
We'll get through this. 
I have to say a special "thank you" to my mom who has been slaving away all day with the kids, laundry, errands, preparing food for the future etc.  I couldn't have gotten through today without her and good friends who have helped with Caleb and a delicious dinner.  We feel so loved and taken care of.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!



  1. goodness gracious you are beautiful! yeah for 1 down and three to go. so sorry to hear about Emma. Poor little thing. She probably knows that Mommy doesn't feel great. Send Caleb over when you need a break!

    By the way - sure missed you Sunday, but the kids sang beautifully and knew all the words, thanks to you! Good Job and can't wait until you are back!

  2. Thank you so much for blogging about your journey. I have read each and every post as it has come up. You inspire me with every thought you share. Thank you beautiful

  3. Danae, you continue to be a total inspiration with your positive attitude and love. The picture of you with short hair is just beautiful! I hang on every word of your blog and read and reread. I wish we could be doing more for you! Our daily prayers will continue. God Bless you!
    Love Erica