Saturday, January 08, 2011

Saturday is a Special Day...

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.


Julie said...

Love you, and love that you did yoga!

Lesli said...

Jenny, do you feel like a prize fighter taking a deep breath before going into the ring for the next round? At least it sounds like you are up for it, mentally and physically. I love your spirit and attitude about the whole deal. Keep that stiff upper lip, but remember it is OK to cry whenever you need to! Lots of love and prayers coming your way.

M said...

That is a super busy day!! So glad to have been part of it! xoxo