Saturday, February 22, 2014

Meg vs. Cancer Round 4

So yesterday was Chemo #3, that means I'm half way through! It was also the last Chemo with Baby S. on board.  I technically have 3 weeks, 5 days left but Baby's head is very low, and I have been having contractions for a little over a week now, so I am just hoping that Baby can hold off until next week, as Sam is headed to Sacramento Thursday-Sunday as part of a team to receive an award for our school. Everything is ready to go!

Last Chemo as a team
It is crazy to think that this crazy journey started just three months ago, it has flown by! Talking to the Dr. yesterday I will have two scans about a month after Baby S. has arrived to stage the cancer. So when Baby is a month old I will have a CT scan and a bone scan. Two weeks after baby is born I will resume Chemo, same treatment as I am currently getting.
My port all hooked up and doing its job!
This week my treatment took a little longer as the Chemo suite was packed! There were several new patients in this week. My nurse was looking out for me and saved one of the private rooms for me. Not that I really need the privacy, but it has a private bathroom and with all the fluids they give me and the water I have to drink, I have to get up and pee every 30 minutes or so. This is much easier when the bathroom is across from me instead of down the hall especially since my IV pole has to go with me.
My IV set up, and bathroom buddy.
Last round I was feeling better so started doing things on Tuesday-Wednesday of the following week and then I was beat again. This week I am determined to take it easy this whole week so that next week isn't as bad. It is difficult to stay home and rest when you feel good and capable of doing things. Staying at home helps though when you have this as entertainment...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

5 more weeks 'til Baby!

So Baby Sager should be making his/her big debut within the next 5 weeks! We saw the high risk OB yesterday and Baby S. is measuring at 5lbs 14oz, has plenty of amniotic fluid and is very active! I will no longer need to be monitored through ultra-sound as Baby S. is big enough to be delivered safely but will now be going in twice a week for a Non-Stress-Test (NST) to ensure that baby's heart is working properly and that baby is getting enough oxygen. This means that I will be at Kaiser every Monday and Thursday until baby is here. With as often as I am there, I think I should get a reserved parking spot!
I've started washing all of the baby things and getting everything organized in Baby's room.
Chemo recovery was a little different this time. I was feeling better sooner, but I think I over did it a bit so I was extra tired on days 5-7. I'm sure next time will be different yet as I will be 36 weeks pregnant.
On a happier note, my parents get back from their month long trip to Australia tomorrow! I hope they got a lot of rest, because soon they will have me, a rambunctious 3-year-old and a newborn keeping their hands full!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Meg vs. Cancer round 3

So yesterday was my second round of ACT Chemotherapy.
Baby and I are ready!!
I saw the oncologist first who said my blood counts were excellent, so on to Chemo I went.  It was much quicker this time as I didn't have to wait between each med to check for allergic reactions, I also had no reaction to the Taxotere so was able to get it done much faster and with less Benadryl (not so sleepy).
Adriamycin (I get two) and my awesome nurse Kathleen!
I was not nearly as tired as last time and was feeling much more energetic this morning. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that my first Chemo treatment was only 4 weeks after surgery, so I was not fully back to my energetic self yet.  Even though I feel better, I am still taking it easy and resting as much as possible so I hopefully have more than one week between treatments to get baby stuff ready (only a month and a half left!!!) I see the high risk OB on the 10th to make sure baby is still growing on track and has enough fluid.

Thanks once again for all the continued support, messages, e-mails, FB messages, etc. I don't know how I'd do this without my amazingly awesome and fantastic support system!!!