Friday, October 12, 2007

Yesterday was okay

I met with the surgeon for a three month follow up. He said no bungee jumping, hang gliding, or scuba diving below 100' but otherwise I can do anything I want and feel up to, especially go to the gym and start doing some upper body work outs again. I go back for a follow up mammogram and MRI just before the holidays - I guess they need to make sure that they didn't miss anything in the previous surgeries!

I asked the surgeon and ended up having a conversation with the nurse as well on the Taxol article I mentioned yesterday. Basically, what happened is they reanalyzed data from an earlier study to include the patients' HER2 status, something that was not available at the time of the study in the 1990's. It is not considered a true study result as existing data was only reanalyzed and needs to be substantiated by other studies to be considered something to act on. The surgeon was surprised that the New England Journal of Medicine picked it up as it wasn't a true new study. The nurse cautioned me on what is picked up in the media as they often spin things out of control. Too true. So basically we all need to continue with the status quo for now and ignore what's in the media until full studies are run. (What a concept, the media blows things out of proportion!!! Wow, I never realized that!)

Otherwise, after chemo I took a nap. Then I was exhausted and tried to go to bed early but the skin crawling heebie jeebies took over again and I was up most of the night. I took a pill around 11 which seemed to help but I still woke up a bunch of times. Grrr, grrr. The nurse thinks I am just very sensitive to a lot of medications which is why I get the heebie jeebies after chemo. They say get plenty of rest and take care of yourself while in treatment! And they make it so easy to do so!

3 down, 9 to go.

1 comment:

Trixie said...

Hey Caroline;
Trust the doctors. Your belief in your treatment will do you wonders. You can't believe everything you read.
So, Bacon of the month for you 2?
Love and prayer, Tricia
PS: Will be doing the Cedars 5K for Womens Cancers. Will put your name on my shirt if that's ok. A friend of mines mother died suddenly of ovarian cancer last month. She was diagnosed, went to her first treatment, and didn't wake up. So, her name is on my jersey, also.
Much love and prayer,

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