Yesterday I had blood work done/a pre-chemo visit. No biggie, just standard stuff. I had one of my favorite phlebotomists this time. She once said that seeing me here at the cancer center at my age hits home for her because she has a son who is 21 also. She’s always very warm and asks me how my treatment is going. I can tell she’s a very compassionate person, I like her a lot. Today we were talking and she says “Well, at least you still have all of your beautiful hair!” I laughed and told her that I actually didn’t and that I was wearing a wig. She was taken aback. I like it when people are fooled by the wig it makes me feel better about wearing it! She even thought that it was a human hair wig (those things cost up to thousands of dollars). Again, she was really surprised when I told her it was synthetic! I definitely miss my hair, but I will say it’s not so bad wearing a wig. Before I’d spend a lot of time straightening my hair and styling it. Wearing a wig is so simple you just throw it on! Maybe I’ll miss wearing wigs someday, who knows!
During my pre-chemo visit with one of the oncology nurses I had a ton of questions as usual - so many that I had a write them down on a piece of paper that I brought with me. I asked about heart palpitations that I feel like I’ve been having once and a while. I was told this was most likely anxiety. My lung function has gone from 120% to 85% after 3 cycles so I asked if the drug causing this (bleomycin) would be eliminated from the mix, I was told it would be, but not to worry because even after remission at 2 cycles I’d be receiving a full 6 cycles instead of just 4. Yesterday morning I thought that I noticed a new swollen lymph node under my jaw. After being examined I was told that it wasn’t even a lymph node that I was feeling and not to be concerned about it at all. Lastly and most importantly ;) I asked if it would be safe to go see Magic Mike before chemo if the theater was pretty empty. I was told it would okay and just to bring purell! Wooo!