Yeah, so, one down, 11 more to go.
I had my first weekly taxol infusion on Friday. I was really anxious about starting taxol, even though all the doctors kept telling me that taxol is much easier to deal with than the AC I’ve been doing since March. The thing with taxol is some people have an allergic reaction to it. You get all red, your chest feels heavy, and your throat closes up. Sounds super scary, right? I knew the nurses would watch me closely for my first injection, and they would step right in if I had a reaction, but the idea of having the reaction at all gave me incredible anxiety.
I had more anxiety sitting in the chemo chair on Friday then I had the first time I did chemo. I was able to keep my anxiety under control … a little. I started crying, and I got a slight rash on my arms and legs, which I am now convinced are anxiety related. I got the same thing in the hospital when I had a fever and freaked out, and it went away after I calmed down. The nurse gave me Benadryl before the taxol, just in case there was a reaction, but there was no reaction.
In fact, not much happened at all. I was just loopy from Benadryl. After my infusion, I went home, had a piece of toast, took some Zofran (just in case), and slept for four hours. On Saturday, my face and chest were flushed. I was red, like I’d been in the sun, but by Sunday it was gone. And now, other than feeling a little rundown, I feel pretty OK. Other side effects might be coming, including losing my sense of taste and bone pain, but so far, so good. Of course, I’ve only had one dose. I suspect those side effects will come after a few doses, but I’m trying not to think about that right now.
So, that’s the chemo update. What else should we talk about?
Oh, I got a new wig. I know, I know. I have too many wigs now. Including the green, orange and red wig I bought, I have a total of seven wigs. Maybe I have a wig-buying problem. The first step is admitting you have a problem … But I wanted a cool summer look, so I decided to get just one more wig.
Red with blond streaks: What do you think?