Other good news is that my white blood cells are maintaining good levels. Actually, my WBC level is higher today than it was before my first infusion. I guess that Neulasta shot is doing its job. My Hematocrit and red blood cells have dropped. Maybe this is why I feel slow on the climbs? My levels are just slightly low today, and hopefully they will not drop more. I don't get to be a doper either as my oncologist said that EPO can actually reduce the effectiveness of my chemotherapy drugs and I certainly don't want that. Worst case scenario would be a blood transfusion (is that doping?), but hopefully we don't get to that point. We did do an Iron panel today to determine if I have any underlying iron deficiency.
That was the scary, now for the good. Yesterday was the most beautiful spring day we have had so far. I actually was able to wear a short sleeve jersey on our bike ride. Shannon and I had a perfect ride on the Shoreline and he took loads of photos to remind me how good life will be once I get through my chemo hump days. Shannon always helps me feel strong on the bike by letting me ride just a little bit ahead of him. It almost makes me feel fast:)
Some fun photos from our ride:
Dry Creek should be renamed Creek Trail right now
My favorite photo: I love the snow capped mountains in the background
And now for the funny. Well, my hair is officially on its way out. I was shedding profusely for a few days and then on Wednesday we 'tried' to shave my head. Even though clumps were coming out, it was still too thick for our electric shaver. Shannon basically did a hack job on my hair, but there is still enough left that when I wear a hat it looks like I have hair. Thursday I wore a hat to work for the first time. I was at one of my schools and a teacher who doesn't know I have cancer said that my haircut looked soooo cute and she wanted to see it with my hat off. I didn't want to tell her that I had cancer and that my hair was falling out, and I certainly didn't want to show off Shannon's hack-job, so I said I had terrible bed head. It was kind of funny how persistent she was, but there was no way I was going to take my hat off! Even though it was awkward, I was giggling. I imagine I will have to get used to this over the next few weeks as my hair is quickly thinning and we are going to try shaving it again this weekend. BTW: Someone else in my family is getting a shave job and it is NOT Dizzy!
Tonight, Lyna brought over the yummiest meal from Mazza. My taste buds are still working (they probably won't be tomorrow) and it was truly appreciated. Thank you Lyna!
Tomorrow is the Race for the Cure and there are 20,000 people expected to swarm downtown Salt Lake City. I think we are going to park by the Hospital and take TRAX over to meet our team. I got this idea from Mandi another young woman who is undergoing cancer treatment. We've been supporting each other through this journey online and I finally got to meet her in person in the infusion room today. We both have to return to Huntsman for our Neulasta shots tomorrow in the afternoon.
I think I am going to go wear civilian clothes as opposed to the survivor t-shirt to the race/walk tomorrow. I am getting through this journey, but I certainly don't quite feel like a survivor yet!