Good news: I didn’t get treatment today. This means I’ll be 100% for my upcoming adventures. I don’t have to think about side effects for an entire week!
My doctor believes I had a type of allergic reaction to Gemzar, and that’s what caused the leg pain and fevers. This drug is well tolerated by 99% of the people who receive it; count on me to be the exception. To combat the reaction I will receive a higher dose of the IV steroid (decadron) in my pre-meds prior to my next treatment.
My new chemo plan is:
- August 13, 20, 27
- September 10, 17, 24
- October 8, 15, 22
Ugh, that’s a daunting schedule. If my blood counts drop too far, I’ll have to skip a treatment, and that could throw off the calendar above. But if all goes well, and I don’t get too symptomatic again, I should get all those treatments prior to my next PET scan. If that scan shows improvement, I suppose I’ll keep going with the weekly treatments. If not, then on to plan D!