Thursday, July 9, 2009
Big days ahead
It's been nice having a week or so free from major appointments and procedures, especially after that scary experience with the first attempt to have the port installed. But this "break" is coming to an end and tomorrow the craziness resumes. Tomorrow is my first "tissue expansion" appointment at UCLA where the reconstructive surgeon will inject saline into the breast tissue expanders in my chest to stretch my skin to create more space for the implants that I will get put in after chemo is done but before radiation begins. Apparently there should be a series of these expansions but I'm going in with the thought that one is probably enough haha - it's going to create discomfort and frankly I'm sure I'll have enough discomfort between what I've had thus far and what's to come with chemo and radiation and future surgeries so I'm not about to "elect" for more of it just for bigger boobs after spending most of my adult life wishing my boobs were smaller haha. Hubby doesn't agree with me on this point but I am happy to remind him that it's my body and that he didn't marry my boobs - he married the whole me - and the whole me would be content with a B or small C set of knockers so he'll just have to be content with that too. Monday I go back to UCLA for outpatient surgery to get a port-a-cath installed. Tuesday morning I get my first chemo treatment. I met with Dr.B on Tuesday afternoon to have the chemo Q&A which was informative. He said that days 3-7 tend to be the hardest days in the cycle (day 1 being the day you receive the infusion/treatment) in terms of feeling bad. He said I can expect to lose my hair about 3 weeks into treatment so I will look at the calendar and plan a head shaving "party" at around that time so that it won't be a completely sad/depressing experience. I bought a wig, a hair piece to use with hats, two head scarves, and I'm shopping for hats so that I'll have lots of options once the hair is gone. So...anyway...it's going to be quite the week. I'm ready...I think. haha. Thank you for your continued prayers, encouragement, and positive thoughts!