Chemo Recovery – Week 1

Hello from Colorado! Still no elk or deer sightings. 🙁

Yesterday was my grandmother’s 94th birthday. Ninety-fourth!! One of the cards she received was musical and played the birthday song. She must have opened and closed and opened that card 100 times. She was like a little kid with a new toy. 🙂  

Yesterday was also the first day my mom actually looked better – the week hadn’t been too good for her. However, when she corrected the way I made the coffee… …I knew she didn’t just look better, she also felt better. Yay!

Right now, the majority of her blood work looks “phenomenal” according to the medical assistant. We’re thrilled about that but the chemo has destroyed a large portion of her immune system. They worry when the results are at .5%. My mother’s are at .9% so they are keeping a watchful eye on her.

This Tuesday she’ll have a 7-hour office visit where she’ll receive immune globulin to help boost her immune system. It’s a risky thing because the possible complications from that include anaphylactic shock and coma. Yeah… you read that right. However, she’s already had this once before (with a benadryl drip and hovering medical team) so we’re not as concerned about it this time. Until then, she has to be extremely careful to avoid infection. With luck, thetreatment should balance things out to a safe level for her. And then it all starts again.

That’s the funny thing about chemo. It kills the cancer cells, which is what we want, but it also kills healthy cells. It can’t distinguish between the two. Chemo is tough but it ain’t that smart. Still, it’s good to have this since without it… well… I won’t even consider that.

Daughter has been a trooper and Hubby is having a blast as a bachelor. 😀 The cats, I’m told are doing well, though they tend to sit at the top of the stairs looking down. Waiting for Daughter and me, perhaps? Well, we’ll be home soon enough and we’ll cuddle them until they can’t stand it anymore.

One month down and five to go. Here’s hoping things continue to improve from now until then and beyond.

And here’s hoping some deer or elk come out of hiding so I can catch a glimpse of them before we leave.

I’m sorry I haven’t been a good blog neighbor by stopping by daily. Things have been busy here this week but I will be making my rounds once I’m back home. PROMISE.

5 Responses to Chemo Recovery – Week 1

  • Debbie,
    So good to hear from you and get news of how things are going. Wish your grandmother a happy birthday from me. Your mother is a real trouper. She’ll fight this thing yet again.
    I’m like the cats, sitting on the top step waiting for you to get home again, which I admit is just plain selfish on my part but true nonetheless.


  • Yeah, doing the blog rounds is where your priorities should be. LOL

    Seriously, I’m glad things seem to be going well. I’ve been thinking about y’all and have wondered how things were going so I’m glad you gave us the update. Do what you’ve got to do – we’ll all be here when you get back. 🙂


  • Debbie-
    Happy Birthday to your grandmother! She sounds sweet.
    I’m so glad your mom is doing well. Go Ms. Pacman! I’m picturing your mom’s immune system like Superman, sure he gets a little weak when he’s around cryptonite but he’s still Superman.

  • Debbie, to be ninety-four and excited about opening a musical birthday card is wonderful. Good to hear that your spunky mother was not exactly thrilled with your coffee. It’s also good to know that cancer cells are not smart with adaptations. It must mean so much to your mother to have you and your daughter there.

  • Happy Birthday Grandma, and I’ll send good healing vibes your way for your Mom. I’ve got my fingers crossed.

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