Well, it's 4am Saturday morning, and it's been about 3.5 days since I had my first AC chemo. For some reason, all I did was sleep the first two days post chemo. It kind of surprised me because usually the pre-chemo steroids make me energetic for about 48 hours and then I usually crash. This time, there was no "up" period after chemo, so I'm wondering if there will be no crash. That would be nice. Thoses weekly crashes were the worst part of my weekly Taxol chemo infusions.
I woke up about 3am this morning with slight bone pain. It's from the shot I had to build up my white blood cells. The pain wasn't bad, just enough to wake me up. Walking around seems to help. I've also taken some other meds that were prescribed for the bone pain that should help. If this is as bad as it gets, I can easily manage it.
Our little town is having their monthly ball room dance tonight. I'd really like to go, but I have no idea how I'll be feeling by this evening. We will go as long as I'm not feeling too terrible. This ball room dancing really lifts my spirits. I have a couple really pretty Christmas dresses I can pick from to wear. They are very old, at least 20 years old, but they fit! The band will be playing a lot of Christmas songs according to the write-up in the paper, so I think it will be fun and festive. If we go, I might even take my camera an see if we can get some pictures made of us dancing.
Yesterday, Jim started pulling out the Christmas decorations from the storage room in the basement. This is the first year we have lived in this house full-time so we have no set place for the decorations. We also have all the Christmas decorations from my mom's house that sold last spring. We have far more decorations than we will ever really want to use in this house, so we are giving about half of them to charity. Right now is the perfect time to do it so that someone else can use them this season. Jim pulled out about a quarter of the decorations yesterday and he has already taken a car load of things to charity. I'm not really big on clutter. So far, everything he has put out in our house looks really tasteful.
We will be having a very low-key Christmas this year since I'll be right in the middle of my AC chemo, but I think it will be nice to have the house decorated. I have a friend that is fabulous at decorating for Christmas. I think I might call her and ask her if she wants to come other and participate in putting up the decorations. She has been wanting to help me out some way, and this would be the perfect way to help. I believe I'll give her a call later on today.
This is a lady that has decorated her house so pretty for Christmas that their home is on the "Christmas Parade of Homes." She really likes to do that sort of thing.
While my Christmas may be pretty low key this year, I'm very aware that there are a lot of people really struggling through great hardships this holiday season. Getting chemo and going bald just in time for Christmas certainly isn't on the top of my hit parade of things to do for Christmas, but overall, I feel very blessed. I'm surrounded by people that love and support me. I have no "crazy makers" in my life that can bring me down. My cancer is confined to my breast and lymph nodes as far as we know, so there is a chance for a cure. We are doing okay finacially (thank goodness we have terrific insurance). Overall, I have a lot to be very grateful for.
Life is good! Now if I can just get to the ball tonight!