On Thursday, I completed my third of four AC treatments, and it feels soooo good to know I only have to do one more round! Despite the spike in COVID cases on Oahu (& everywhere), Justin is still allowed to come to my appointments with me and I’m very grateful that he can.
Before I went into this round, I made up my mind that it was going to be easier than the past two. I wanted less nausea, less fatigue, and better appetite. Guess what, everyone – I got it. The mind is so powerful, and manifesting your goals and desires is an amazing tool no matter what you are going through.
My last AC treatment will be in two weeks, and then I’ll get two weeks before starting taxol treatments, which will be weekly, on August 6. While everyone says taxol is the easier one, I’m really not looking forward to weekly treatments, and I’m praying that it really is “a piece of cake” like my oncology APRN said.
Otherwise, there is not much else new. We are still social distancing quite a bit as COVID still lingers around. My immune system in the first week or so after chemo is really crappy, so it’s just better to be safe than sorry. My mom was hoping to come down to Hawaii the first week of August, but it’s looking like that may get pushed back a bit due to tourism restrictions.
I still get to work from home a few days of the week, and next weekend I get to take an online continuing education course for oncology rehab that I’ve been wanting to take for months now!
I’d love to start up a more comprehensive oncology rehab program for our cancer patients at the hospital where I work. This is something that one of our inpatient therapists has been very passionate about and got me on board with as well. Hopefully, in the next year, we’ll have a good system to get more oncology patients in for baseline testing and guidance before, during, and after their treatments. I know that exercise has been one of the most important things for me during chemo, and I hope to help others understand the importance as well.
I hope you all have a really great weekend!
Just a little P.S.A. before I go…No matter what you hear on the news or Facebook, wearing masks is a VERY important step to reduce the contagion rate of COVID-19 (if it weren’t, none of your healthcare workers would bother with them, trust me). It’s true, the death rate from COVID is very low, but the high rate of contagion is the scary part. Please wear your masks to protect those around you – don’t be selfish. Mahalo!
Sending love to you all ❤