Got my flu shot, waiting for monthly blood test results

Monday was a long day. Around noon, I went to the clinic to see a doctor to get my flu shot, get a referral letter for my glaucoma specialist, and to have my lungs checked as I had some type of cold or infection last month. My flu shot was painless, but my arm is still sore. I also napped alot during Monday and Tuesday which may be related to the flu shot or side effects from my cancer.

Getting my flu shotGetting my flu shot

Afterwards I got my monthly blood test. I used to have blood tests every 3 months just prior to an appointment with my cancer specialist. However, if you recall, as my cancer number spiked in September, I now have monthly blood tests. If my levels spike again, I will go back on chemo treatment. I wasn’t even thinking when I got my blood test that I should have done it before my flu shot. Don’t know how I messed that up.

Monthly blood test timeMonthly blood test

I called my cancer specialist on Tuesday to let him know about my flu shot and that I’d had my blood test the day before. I will go back on chemo treatment this month if my cancer levels spike, which seems likely as I’ve experienced severe side effects such as headaches and fatigue this Fall.

What will I learn about my cancer this time?Cancer in my blood

Although I expect my 4th chemo treatment to slow me down, I’m staying positive, using photography to share my everyday life. I’m focused on minimising stress as I deal with my cancer and related side effects.

Autumn is here

About tyfn

Feb 9, 2015 began Pomalyst chemo pills and dexamethasone (Pom/dex). Feb - Nov 2013 completed Velcade chemo + dex treatment for my Multiple Myeloma + anemia, a rare terminal blood cancer. Life goal: To help Multiple Myeloma patients cope with cancer. Focus of this blog will be cancer, photography, emerging tech, and improving health care. UBC MSc Grad.
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