Cancer at Christmas

Jinni is still feeling very few side effects from her chemo treatments, she is convinced that they gave her a placebo last Thursday.  This could change at any time, but for now, everything is peachy like the fuzz on her head.

She went in to get a blood test last Wednesday because we want to keep an eye on her white cell count.  The test showed it has now dropped way down making her more suseptible to infection, so we are getting much more germ aware.  The drop was expected after her first treatment, it just took two doses of the life saving poison to kick it down.

We normally travel to Kentucky the day after Christmas to see our families in Bowling Green (hers) and Hodgenville (mine), but that trip was made a casualty of her cancer treatments and I’m a little blue about that.  I want to give my Mom a big ol’ kiss because she has had a hard time lately with her back.

They all understand that this year is a little different, but I don’t want it to be different… I really want to go home and see everyone.  We’ll get there as soon as we can.

Jinni’s final dose of Epirubicin is this coming Thursday.  We are confident she will tolerate this one as well as she has the last two.  Two weeks later she will begin her second of the three prescribed regimens.  The Taxol may not be as kind to her, but we will just have to wait and see and hope for the best.

I want to post a picture of her with her head shaved to show you how good she looks with the change, but our digital camera has been ‘misplaced’.  I’ll recruit a neighbor for the job over the next day or so because Santa dropped a lot of them around the ‘hood and folks are dying to try them out.  Keep checking.

Everyone’s support has been humbling.  We’ll never be able to fully describe all that has occured so I haven’t even tried.  We are indebted so deeply to everyone that we will never be able to repay even the interest on the debt.

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