Posts made in June, 2013

My Wobbly Bicycle, 30

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Archive | 21 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 30

I’m hoping a large gothic font will translate into WordPress because I want it as emblem, as in “This last chemo struck me like the Wrath of God.” It took five days for my body to register the ghastly conclusive blast, but register it did—stomach and entire digestive system screaming “enough, enough.” Fatigue flattened me on the couch, my entire body aching. Each day since then I’ve climbed one foothold up the cliff toward repair, but I can see it’s going to take a long time this time. This wickedness was much improved by the arrival in my mailbox on Monday and Tuesday of an...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 29

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Archive | 31 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 29

Hooray! My white count was 1.1. I needed 1.0, so I just squeaked by. I had my last chemo yesterday. It took two tries this time to find a decent vein. The first time the needle went in, but some scar tissue probably blocked the chemo’s flow enough to cause pressure and discomfort, so the nurse went to the other arm, the most battered one, and managed to find a good spot. Although today there are little sore nodules all along the vein. I’ll continue to have blood tests for three weeks, and today I go in for a Neulasta shot to boost my white blood cell production.  I’m in the “chemo...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 28

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Archive | 18 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 28

No final chemo this week. We’re so disappointed. I had wanted to get this over with and start repairing, but my white blood count, especially the neutrophils, are too low. The platelet count has come up and the hemoglobin is okay, but . . . The nurse said she was surprised about the white count, since I had an injection of Neulasta to prod my bone marrow into production. “It’s the cumulative effect of all that radiation as well as the chemo,” she said. I put our rhododendrons here  to cheer me up. The delay made me irritable and, frankly, depressed.  I didn’t expect that...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 27

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Archive | 14 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 27

Another effort to find a cooperative vein yesterday. Two tries this time. Did you know that warming the arm makes the veins easier to find and penetrate? The trivia I’m learning. This was for a transfusion of one unit of red blood cells. I got to the hospital at 10:45, as requested, but the actual transfusion didn’t begin until after 1:30! They had to send a vial of blood to be typed and cross-checked for antibodies, and apparently the lab was slow that day. It was 3:50 and I’d read half The Marriage Plot before Jerry picked me up. I’m supposed to feel perkier by this afternoon....

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