Monday, September 21, 2009

Goodbye to chemotherapy

Sherrie received her last chemotherapy today!! The day started dreadfully when the nurse told us her white count was only 1.6 (it needs to be 2.5). Sherrie was very disappointed, and began to feel the gloom of having to take several more Neupogen shots and be delayed further. She asked the nurse to beg the doctor to let her have it anyway since it was her *last* one, and he said yes! Neither of us could believe it, as he has been a stickler for the blood count in the past. He made sure that she start on Neupogen (six shots) tomorrow.

The administration of the 5FU was straightforward, except that Sherrie started feeling quite nauseous as soon as the nurse started to hook her up. As happened last week, the nurse kept the drugs hidden "under wraps," (even though the 5FU and the others are clean), and after just a few minutes she was done.

I literally had to run to catch Sherrie as she bolted from the clinic. She likes the nurses and the doctor, but wanted to get out of there as soon as possible. We had a good chuckle over that on the way home.

We go again in about three weeks to see the oncologist, and around the same time to see the plastic surgeon again.

We are grateful to be able to receive such wonderful medical care from caring and competent people. It's a great blessing.

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