So far I've had 3 days of the new chemo this week with two more to go. I started having some nausea and dry heaving today which was great on top of the return of chemo taste and what feels like a sinus headache. One nice thing about the new chemo drugs is that it only takes three hours instead of six to pump them into me. I've also been able to sleep through two out of three treatments which has helped speed things along. Being back in treatment has also eliminated the severe hip pain I was having last week.. The docs told me to double down on the pain meds at night since it was the nights and mornings that were the worst with the pain subsiding during the day. That greatly helped in combo with remembering to take my Ambien. However, the relief caused by chemo with the assistance of IV steroids really did the trick to eliminate my limp. Actually it's probably the other way around since roids work much quicker than the chemo, but I can pretend that the regrown pelvic tumors causing such pain have retreated a little due to treatment.
In other news, lab work continues in a broken, piecemeal, and forever behind manner. It's hard to accomplish much when you're trying to work half the morning and half the afternoon with chemo induced confusion and forgetfulness screwing with you. But it does appear that I need to organize my messy batch of data into something intelligible to show my boss when he gets back from Colorado. I managed to get out of a meeting halfway through it last week by throwing up into not one but two different lab trash cans. Not the most pleasant way to bail, but very effective. I did make him very happy when I was accepted to the Cancer Biology Pathway here. WashU has various of these programs, and during it I'll take a couple of classes about cancer while shadowing some of the cancer docs as they treat patients and such. A cancer patient observing doctors treating cancer patients. It'll be like looking into some kind of twilight zone looking glass. And one of the reasons my boss is happy is that he won't have to pay my salary for another two years.
Also, a car load of my high school friends are driving down this weekend to see how I'm doing and check out St. Louis. It should be a lot of fun taking them around and hearing some new stories. One of the silver linings of cancer has been getting caught up with friends I haven't seen in awhile and really understanding how many people I am connected to both directly and indirectly. It's definitely been interesting.