Started Doxil today.
We have not received approval yet, but are optimistic that our supplemental insurance will cover the treatments.
Meanwhile, a few of our many angels covered the cost of today's treatment.
So we wrote a check to the hospital and I received my first treatment.
At one point, I felt a tightness in my chest and midsection. The nurse slowed down the pace of the IV. The pain lessened, though I still felt a tightness in my chest, in the area of my sternum.
The pressure did not increase when the nurse raised the rate again, but I still feel the tightness in my chest now (almost 7 hours later).
My next dose of Doxil is in a month.
My oncologist advised me not to expect to feel a difference in pain until then. I hope he is wrong.
Lately, I have had to take half a Percocet at night, in order to alleviate the pain enough for me to fall asleep. I wake up in the morning, earlier than I want, from pain. I do not want to take a whole pill, because I do not want to be a zombie in the morning! I am back to taking pain killers (2 Optalgin & 2 Algolysin) as soon as I get up, and every four hours thereafter.
My appetite has not yet returned fully. I only have a few more kilos left to lose (4.7 to be exact). When I get down to 70 kilos, I will have to do something to make sure that I do not lose too much weight. I always said: If I have to eat a high calorie diet, I will just eat ice cream all day. I might need to stock up soon....
I also need to do some sort of exercise. I know I do not move enough during the day. I lost all this weight, yet I still feel like I have to drag myself to go anywhere.
Good news for today: My health fund approved coverage of Herceptin!
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,
Josh Earnest Wants Us All to Just Get Along
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