I like the structure of the medical team - carefully selected cancer care professionals at two top academic medical centers and, also carefully selected, our retired veterinarian. At this point, I know that my medical care is in good hands!
Based on round 1, the Team at Dana Farber gave me a lot of helpful feedback today/yesterday on dealing with the chemo. A few things I learned:
- if possible, they want me to try harder to stay more active during the 'chemo fog', that first five days. They would rather that I not, again, lose 10 lbs in 5 days. That said, I think that their bigger concern is the slippery slope from chemo fog/funk to depression. They also mentioned that Taffy, who I took out for short (very short) walks on three of those days, might prefer 2 short walks/day :-).
- that was the clinicians talking. There is also a therapist on the team. He stopped by yesterday to visit during my longer treatment. He was happy to hear about this blog, and had an even longer list than I initially had for why it is a good thing for me to write it.
- And, about that depression thing. This is a very emotional time, probably a few decades of tears/emotion, some for joy, some not, compressed into a very short time. Fran and my family have been with me each step, and I've been overwhelmed (in a good way) by the outreach, good wishes, and support from a lifetime of friends, and some strangers too. All of that support, and concern, makes it that much easier for me to stay focused on where I plan to be at the end of this. It keeps the sense of humor intact, get's me to the gym, helps with whatever the next step requires. If you're reading this, you're part of my team....thank you!!
- And, lest you wonder, I'll be sporting a different hair style in the next week. What started slowly, a couple of days ago, is getting faster each day.
My immediate family awoke this morning in four countries, on three continents. I look forward to everyone returning home, safely, with stories to tell and photos in hand. I hope that my kids never lose the yearning to explore....and to return home!
I know it is a day early, but I don't anticipate writing another post tomorrow. So, Shabbat Shalom. Enjoy a peaceful, healthy, relaxing Shabbat.