Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Rashes and such

I got the rash-stuff that I was supposed to watch for with Taxotere. It's on my hands. My hands often ache, too, which isn't fun. I stopped by the cancer center (we were close by for the kids' appointment) and raced in to show nurse Gloria. She took me aside and checked my vitals, etc. since I've lost 5 lbs this weekend due to the diarrhea. They got photos of my hands and said they would call in a prescription for this particular rash and that it would probably get worse before it gets better.

I got some awards with weight watchers today for my newest weight loss. I guess there are SOME good things that come of all this! (But I made it clear to them how and why I had lost the weight!)

I've been waffling back and forth about whether to go back to school (work) when it starts on the 26th or wait until chemo is over at the middle of September. I don't have as much strength as I used to. (Even my purse - the great U-Haul - that I lug around is too heavy for me anymore!) I checked with the school human resources person who does family medical leave. She was so wonderful. (She's new this year. Told me that two of her sisters have or are doing chemo.) We figured out that I should plan to come back to school the end of September. And even that is negotiable. It will be an "extra" month off, and I'll have to pay for the health insurance out of pocket, but I feel better now knowing what to plan for.


Sleepless In St. George said...

i would for sure claim those 5 lbs. it's not like you didn't suffer to get them off, just not the typical suffering that goes with weight loss. I'll be praying that this weeks weight loss is not because of being sick!

Shelley Schwendiman

Sheila Gibbons said...

You have been in my thoughts and prayers. What an example of courage you are to me! I am so grateful to know you.

Mary said...

I have followed your Blog recently. You are in my thoughts and Prayers as well. I just got my LEGACY from DUP. I always think of you when I think of DUP!
So sorry your mom isn't there to help you now. Feel better! You are loved.