Tomorrow, I start Taxol.
I am anxious about the side affects. But there is no way to know how I will react.
I am trying to remain open-minded and relaxed. Easier said than done.
Nevertheless, what will be, will be.
I will also be receiving Herceptin. Tomorrow is the latest that I can continue taking Herceptin, without needing a "loading dose." My health fund, Maccabi, denied our initial request for coverage.
I am putting together an appeal, which we will send to the ombudsmen of Maccabi and the Health Ministry.
Meanwhile, some anonymous angels are taking care of me, and making sure that I get what I need.
My regular dose is 570 mg, and Herceptin comes in 440 mg bottles. So I need two bottles tomorrow. Leftover Herceptin can be used for up to 4 weeks. So, in three weeks, I will need only one more bottle. Essentially, I need 3 bottles, for every 2 treatments. Each bottle costs 11,221.85 NIS (approx $2,805). (Herceptin costs even more at this government approved pharmacy, which sells drugs that are not covered by the health funds)
Several years ago, when I had the opportunity to purchase private insurance covering medications, I decided to forego that added expense. After all, I thought, how expensive can medications be?
Little did I know....
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,