Halfway. Halfway done with the aggressive treatments. 3 down, 3 to go. So. Close.
Today started out a little rough. Jacob has 2 top molars that broke through and has been causing some sleep struggles. Tack on vacation, which threw off his schedule a bit, and he had a rough night. We had a few things to get done before leaving so the morning was a bit hectic. But we pushed through it and arrived on time – exactly on time. Whew.
After giving me a dose of steroids and anti-nausea medication, I received liquid Benadryl to help with the side effects. This only takes about 15 – 20 minutes and I don’t last long after receiving it before I fall asleep. Last treatment, I fought the sleepiness because I wanted to accomplish a few things while I was sitting in the chair. This time, I embraced it. I slept for 2 hours straight in the middle of the day – I was tired! It felt nice to lay back, get comfortable and sleep. It’s a rather long day, usually about 7 – 8 hours at the treatment center, so 2 hours of sleep was wonderful.
The side effects haven’t hit just yet, I imagine sometime tomorrow night or Saturday morning. I’m not looking forward to them but I feel more prepared for what to expect this time around. After this, I have 3 more long treatment days to finish out the year and then we move on to the next step in this journey.
I’ll continue one drug (currently 4, not including premeds) every 3 weeks until next September (possibly October with the holidays pushing out treatment a little). When 2016 rolls around, we will discuss what surgery is best and after surgery / recovery, I’ll move to 6 weeks of radiation.
In the meantime, I am rejoicing in this small win. Halfway. Halfway! Oh, and thanks to the date switch, I shouldn’t be sick for Halloween. Double win.