Update on how I am doing
Thursday, June 25, 2015
It's hard to believe that it's just been a week now since I got out of the hospital. Still fighting the fatigue, but I think that cellulitis hit me pretty hard. Even though I've slept pretty good the past 3-4 nights, I still end up having to take a nap in the afternoons.
The oral antibiotic I am on, Clindamycin, has caused some stomach upset, but not as bad as some other antibiotics I've been on. I have had headaches every day though since I started it last Friday. Even though headaches are not listed as a side effect with the paperwork that came with the prescription, I did some checking online, and apparently, quite a few people have had headaches while on this drug. I will be done with it tomorrow, so I am hoping the headaches will stop after that too.
I had my CBC checked this morning, and my hemoglobin is within the normal range today, 13.2. My platelets are also good, at 148 (normal is 150-450). I remember back in December and January, they hovered between around 50-75; at that time, my oncologist did not think they would ever get any higher than that, but it looks like the Halotestin is helping the platelets just as it is the hemoglobin.
When I was at the cancer center last Friday for the Halotestin, I asked my nurse to write down the name of the new cancer drug that my oncologist wants me on, as I had forgotten it by the time I got home from my last appointment with him. It's called Ibrance, and it was just approved this past February. A couple of days ago, I got a letter from BCBS (my Medicare supplement) that they approved the drug, but I do not know yet what my copay will be on it. I will be finding that out when the specialty pharmacy contacts me about setting up my first delivery.