Today, I took Jane to Chemo. The appointment took about 5 hours. We had to wait 45 minutes before we saw the doctor and the treatment took about 4 hours. I believe the next treatment will take a little less time. The third treatment will include zometra, the bone strengthening medicine. That appointment will probably take at least 4 hours.
The treatment that Jane is doing, Herceptin, Taxol and Zometa, comes with certain side effects. The side effects for herceptin are minor, resulting in flu like symptoms. The side effects for Taxol are much stronger and include those associated with most other chemo treatments, general aches and pains, nausea and hair loss. Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet are also common with Taxol. The doctor told us that the side effects would be cumulative, meaning that they could get worse with time. The Zometa, which is taken monthly, had very strong side effects on Jane. She had a fever for four days and body aches to go with it.
So, How Is She Doing?
After a long day in the chemo chair, Jane called me at about 2:30 and told me that she was hungry. Since her appointment started at 9:00 am she had breakfast but missed lunch. After a small meal, Jane took a nap, had some dinner and rested. So far, so good! We will have to see how tomorrow goes.
Pray that the side effects stay at a minimum. Losing her hair was really tough last time, so lets pray that she keeps her hair this time!
Pray for me as I try to keep the boys on track with their school work.