visit Week 2 by tyfn, on Flickr”>Week 32 of chemo
On Friday, I woke up and took my dexamethasone (10 at 4mg each) and cyclophosphamide (575 mg, 12 total) pills with breakfast. This is my 32nd week of chemo treatment, so my pills are shaped into a 32. After breakfast, I headed out to get my Velcade chemo treatment.
When I arrived at the Cancer Centre, I learned I would also be getting a vial of bloodwork done, which would give me my counts (basically how my body is responding to my chemo). While waiting for the nurse I checked my blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. When she arrived she took my blood and then I waited a bit for the Velcade chemo to arrive. When she came back with my injections, as this was the 2nd week of treatment for this cycle, the injections were in the right side of my stomach.
White Blood Cells 5.5
Blood Platelets 212
My stomach hasn’t been feeling the greatest recently, but I’m focused on staying positive.
Just to give a recap, I am living with Multiple Myeloma (blood cancer). Since February 2013, I have been on my 4th chemo treatment called Velcade, which are weekly in-hospital injections, in addition to a variety of other pills I take to supplement my chemo treatment. You can read the background on my diagnosis and previous treatments on my blog.
You can view photos from my most recent self-portrait project on flickr.
You can also view photos related to my ongoing treatment here.