I meant to use this as a journal of sorts for myself but I’m starting to think an actual journal may have gotten updated more often!
I attempted my first chemo on July 15th. Unfortunately that did not go so well. I ended up being allergic to the Taxol. The doctor said its actually usually the solvent which is called cremophor. I had an iv of benedryl first which was fine, just made me sleepy. Then came the taxol which lasted about 3 minutes before my face started swelling up, turned bright red and my blood pressure went down to about 50. I also got hives on my neck and chest. Overall not a fun experiance. I got a LOT more benedryl and was fine. The nurses actually laughed at me for being so calm. I was in a clinic with multiple doctors and nurses where better to have an allergic reaction?!? Since that day was a bust they gave me a week off. Went back on the 22nd and tried it with the new drug which is docetaxel (may be spelled wrong). That one was fine. Although the nurse told me later if people react to that one its usually not right away. Yay something to look forward to!!
My hair started falling out Wednesday or Thursday last week. At least that I noticed. I could run my fingers through it and it just kept coming out. We went to MOA on Saturday but I wasnt able to find any wigs there. At least not that I liked. I ordered a certificate from the ACS on the 21st of July but it never came so I ordered another on August 6th. Im hoping it comes soon so I can order the wig I want. Otherwise I’m going in for a lab in the morning so Im going to look through the resource room and try to find one I like to wear in the mean time. I talked to the ACS patient navigator again this morning and she said I could take one and then return it which is nice. There was that short one with blue streaks I was curious about. Might as well have fun with it! Although part of me is like how am I going to hide this at work still. Really everyones going to figure it out. I was sick of how much my hair was coming out and how tangled it was getting even from just being in a ponytail so I hacked it off this morning. I definitely didn’t do a good job but its super short and not as noticeable when it falls out. At least I wont have to worry about it tangling anymore!