So I got some new blood on Thursday. Literally. It was necessary, like how you get out of breath just standing up and walking across the room, and your heart is pumping like crazy because it's working extra hard to pump less blood. All of that calls for 2 units.
Question: when you're low on blood, where does it go? Does it just dissolve into your internal organs?
Unfortunately I had a little reaction about 20 minutes into the first unit: hives. Everywhere. Which called for a break and some extra benadryl and steroids. Sweet. Second unit went fine. Plus my chemo yesterday which requires steroids and ativan to prevent a reaction--let's just say there are a lot of steroids in my system.
Steroids on Jenny Reeder = rosy cheeks, rapid heart beat, a seriously huge appetite, and a lot of energy (relatively speaking!). It's a good thing, because I finished chemo round 2A on Friday and I start 2B--the exact repeat--on Monday. And this time I know exactly what I'm getting myself into: a couple of weeks of lack of appetite, some serious nausea, and daily headaches. Bring it on. Starting Monday with the spinal tap.
So seeing as today is Saturday, a special day, the day we get ready for Sunday, and the fact that I have new blood and a little bit of energy and white blood cells, I took full advantage. I did some yoga, I ran a few errands (got a new hat rack and some socks to cover my dangling PICC line on my arm), I went to lunch with Marni, I cleaned my bathroom, and I did some laundry. And I took a nap. And I'm exhausted.
But I think I'm ready. I hope.