What’s Next?

photogrid_1482085316005I feel like I’m back in the land of the unknown. I had my last (hopefully) chemo on the 15th and am feeling pretty good right now. I rested a lot this weekend and was reminded I don’t have the energy of a normal person when I got exhausted decorating a gingerbread house and cookies, but I’m glad I did it. The positives of no chemo over the holidays is maybe I will enjoy wine (it doesn’t taste like wine to me these days) and I get to feel good and will hopefully have the energy to enjoy everything. My house will soon be full of family and I’m pretty excited to have Christmas with more than just my parents. This is the first time in five years I get my brother home. In addition to him, we get to celebrate Anamaya’s first Christmas with all of her family. Soon we will have my brother’s in-laws arriving from Italy. Let’s hope the snow stays around so they can have a white Christmas.

As far as side effects and what not, my sleep schedule is bothering me a lot right now. I am someone who normally sleeps through the night and am waking up 3-4 times a night. It’s driving me crazy. Over the counter sleeping pills and melatonin aren’t doing anything and I don’t really want anything stronger. So if you want to chat with someone at 4:00am I’m your girl right now. I’m usually wide awake then. It’s super fun.

I want to take a moment to recognize the amazing nursing staff at the MCW/Froedtert Cancer Center. They are amazing people and have made this whole process smoother than I can imagine. These are a special group of nurses who work in the oncology unit and I couldn’t be happier with them. As I’ve mentioned before I love my care team in general, but these nurses make a long chemo day better.

I am having scans, a CT and MRI, on the 27th and then meeting with my doctors. I am hoping that means we can schedule my next surgery. I don’t really know what it means though. As of right now, it is my understanding that I am having surgery sometime in January. While I know this will be an invasive surgery I am ready for it. I’m tired of chemo and I want to move forward. I will most likely be on leave from work for 6-8 weeks so am compiling lists of shows to binge watch. I already have piles of books to read.

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