Archive for June, 2008

In The Cocktail Lounge: 2nd Chemo Treatment Completed

Voluntary poisoning at it's finest.

2nd Chemotherapy treatment was done on Friday successfully. The voluntary poison begun after blood was drawn from medi-port to be tested in the lab.   I met with Dr. M before going to the Infusion Room  (The Cocktail Lounge) for the chemo drugs.  She reviewed the blood work that came back from the lab which indicated my blood counts were good!  She wanted to look at my hands for thinning nails and detachment – which is a side affects from the chemo drugs.  I'm starting to get a deep purple line at the base of my thumb nail bed, she said it was a side affect from the drugs also.  We discussed other side affects that I experienced none of which were out of the ordinary.  The treatment was started and was shorter in duration, about 4 hour vs. the 5 for the first one.  The Oncologist Nurse explained that the first treatment takes longer because the meds were administered slowly to see if I would have any reactions.  Since I did not, the 2nd treatment (dose) was set to run faster.

I saw the claim for the first treatment today on a statement sent by my insurance company – for saline, Benadryl, anti nausea, and 3 chemo drugs – charges were $26,300.00! For drugs! I have several more treatments at $26K a pop – whoa!.   Thank god for insurance!

I have noticed that my hair is coming out somewhat easily, not by brushing, but if I pinch a bunch together and do a slight tug it all comes out, no pain or anything – very weird!  I anticipate total baldness by sometimes next week. The wierdness and fatigue are supposed to set in after the 3rd day following treatment which is when the steriods wear off – so Monday or Tuesday of next week, I might be flat out!  My plan was to really enjoy this afternoon and tomorrow as much as possible.  I'm a bit bummed because I  was scheduled to be in Greece next week, however those plan were spoiled with the Breast Cancer show stealer.  Since the vacation days were already planned I decided to take them anyway so that I can recuperate from the Chemotherapy without worrying about work.

I had visitors join me in the Cocktail Lounge – thanks Miss "C" and thank you Miss "J".  Both your presence were wonderful to have today 🙂


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A Fraternity of Assassins

Caught a preview of Wanted last night!  We stood in line for about 2.5 hours to ensure we would get in.  It was worth the wait.  I have to say a little "Matrix-esque," if I were to compare Wanted to the first Matrix (and of course I did, and also the 2nd and 3rd Matrix installations) it loses.  However, a definite worth see! I won't review the movie do to possible "spoilage."  If anybody has seen it, or plan to see it let me know your thoughts. 

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Barack Imagery

Vox Hunt: Staring at the Wall(paper)

Show us the wallpaper on your cell phone.
Submitted by jacolily.

My President.

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Yum Alert!

C got 2 free movie passes to view the new Angelina Jolie movie "Wanted" on yesterday.  Seating was first come first serve at the Studio Movie Grill with a show time of 7:30.  We got there two hours earlier and was told there were not any seats left.  A guy that had been waiting since 3:00 said he got an arm band but thought that he wouldn't get in due to the number of people.

Ok, how freakin early do you need to be for a 7:30 PM showing?  I thought 2 hours was more than adequate, apparently not.  Who stands in line all day for a damn movie?  Apparently a lot of people do! 

We were disappointed because the movie trailer was very good!  Anyhoo, we ended up at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen – not a bad trade off 🙂 in my opinion.

 This is what I had:

The plate contained 2 each of the following oysters:

Oysters Baton Rouge Oysters on the half shell baked with a Parmesan Romano cheese sauce

Oysters St. Phillip Oysters on the half shell baked with shrimp, bacon, roasted peppers & Italian bread crumbs

Oysters Pappadeaux With crabmeat, spinach & hollandaise

Their Sweet Potato Pecan Pie is to die for!

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I Found A Place…

I'm not a stranger to Cancer.  My mother died from it, her father had it and died from it, my brother had childhood Cancer, but thank God he beat the odds!

But for me personally, this is new.  I was a healthy child, and for most of my adult life I have been fairly healthy.  Aside from my tonsils being removed, child birth 19 years ago and bouts of hypertension I've managed to avoid the doctor's office.  I actually don't like going to the doctor – I have to be almost dead to do so! 

I have been struggling with the emotional affects of my Breast Cancer diagnosis and all the information I've received about staging, surgery and treatment over the last couple of months.  I've gotten through all this just fine for the most part, however with the start of chemotherapy I realized that there really is no one around me to talk with about this process.  There is a very small support group consisting of family and friends which I'm extremely thankful for,  but I need a bit more.  I found myself frustrated because there was no one around that related directly to what I'm going through.  I also found myself a bit angry because I didn't feel I was getting enough support.  After speaking with my daughter T she explained that she was not real clear on how to help me – what to say, what not to say.  Similarly for C, she wants to be supportive, but wasn't sure of the best way to go about it.  I now understand that this isn't just "new" to/for me, it's new to everyone close to me also.

I had the expectation that my medical team would provide support group information – but no one really has.  After some research, I found very little about BC support groups in my area.  I came across a flyer for Gilda's Club and called to reserve a spot for the new member meeting today.

C went with me today and I have to say I was overwhelmingly impressed!  The facility, named after comedienne Gilda Radner who lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer years ago, but desired a place for people with Cancer to come to share their experiences.

"The mission of Gilda's Club North Texas is to provide a warm and inviting home-like setting where men, women and children living with cancer — as well as their families and friends — can join with others to build emotional and social support as a supplement to medical care."

Gilda's house offers monthly presentations, workshops and networking opportunities along with alternative therapies like art, yoga and a fitness program.

"Having cancer gave me membership in an elite club I'd rather not belong to."
~ Gilda Radner

I'm excited about engaging with this organization and talking to other women that are undergoing or have gone through this Breast Cancer thing!

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Vox Hunt: Architectural Digest

Show us an example of architecture you find interesting or inspiring.

Love this question!  I have to go to Europe for my answer.  I have been blessed to see each of these in person.  They are all awesome and each structure has it's own uniqueness in detail and history.  I had to pinch myself as a reminder that I was actually laying my eyes on these architectural masterpieces – memories of a lifetime! 

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