November 20 Today is back to me general practitioner as a follow up on the blood sugar issues. Sitting in the waiting room with all the hacking and sniffling sick people is terrifying to me. I repeatedly go stand outside the front door. I so very much do not want to get sick while going through chemo. But, she is a good doctor so she is almost always real busy like this.
My blood sugar has been averaging 268. That’s not great, but its not as bad as before insulin started. She adjusts my daily units by adding two and I am to keep my morning blood sugar reading for a week and fax it to her so she can decide if she needs to adjust it any more.
November 21 Its back to the oncologist for more blood work. I will not complain. I am very glad they keep a close watch on my counts to try to give me the best care and advise possible. MY white blood cells are in the low normal range. Since I have 9 more days until my next treatment that’s good. By the next treatment it should be in the mid-normal range. My red blood cells however decided they were jealous that the white blood cells have been getting all of the attention and I am now anemic. I have never in my life been able to take iron pills. So this means I need to naturally boost my red blood cells by eating more things like fish, collards, spinach etc. High iron foods will be a must in the next week.
We discussed my next treatment and that fact that this time was harder than the first time. I got the wonderful (not) news that chemo is cumulative. This means it will be worse each time. I was told I will be given the pain pills immediately this time around so that was a small blessing. What scares me is that if its worse each time, the December treatment I may not even be able to get out of bed!! That treatment will be right before Christmas.
Christmas and time with my family is very important to me. When my Granny passed on to Heaven I took on a tradition of cooking for my family on Christmas day. We spend a wonderful day with each of my kids and so many friends and family coming by. Its the best present I get every year. I look forward to it all year. I do not want to be cheated out of it by cancer! I’m not sure what I am going to do yet. I am wondering must each treatment be exactly 21 days, or can they push it out a few days? At least let me have my holiday???? I am going to have to ask.