Saturday, January 19, 2008


Well, there's no way to sugar coat it, these two treatments of Taxotere have been very gruelling, and have left me weak and fragile. Even with the 25% dose reduction on treatment #2, it has been very tough, although I will say that I haven't had to make a trip to emergency, so that is certainly a success of sorts.

Interestingly, my lungs apparently sound very clear, apparently excellent in fact.....and so on the one hand it seems that it might be doing its job. I am very relieved that I will have a CT scan this coming Thursday, so that we will have a clear picture of what is going on, and I can make some decisions about what to do next.

So, I am laying very low..... resting quite a bit and unfortunately not really up to much by way of visitors or outings.... Again, I'm really pleased to be getting scanned this week so we can make a little sense out of it all. I have a few other drug options if I don't want to continue with the Taxotere, and frankly, that might be my choice, I'll just wait and see on the whole thing, until I know how well it is working.

One thing I will say is that I am enjoying watching winter from INSIDE my sunroom..... I honestly do not miss being out and about in -30 degree temperatures!



Anonymous said...

I am glad to hear that you are laying low and taking care of yourself. I hope that the scan will help you make the decision you need to about where your treatment should go next. Winter from your sunroom sounds good. You can see it all but you don't have to be out in it. Take care. Thinking of you and checking your blog as a way of keeping an eye on you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo,
Thanks for the update. Best wishes for the scan. We are all sorry to hear that these past two cycles have been so tough. Glad to hear about your lungs.
Take care and stay strong.

Anonymous said...

Dear Joanne:
Very good to hear your lungs sound good. Hopefully the chemo is doing it's work, and your scan will help you with that decision. We are passing along all our thoughts,wishes and strength.
Take care.
P & G

apprentice said...

Hey there missus. What a lovely photograph, all that pristine snow.

I hope the scans give you come pointers on what to try next.

I hope they can maybe offer you a wee chemo break, but if that's not possible I hope there's a kinder regime out there.

Love as ever


Anonymous said...

Hi Joanne, What a beautiful picture. I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling stronger and getting some healing time between your treatments. I also hope that the scan helps you to decide what you should do next.I thought of you several times over the weekend as we drove all over north Scottsdale and also when I went in the Nordstrom Rack.
As always hugs, love and prayers are being sent to you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joanne, Sorry to hear that the second round of "Taxoterrible" was also very hard on you. Hopefully the scan this week will provide some clear direction on what to do next. It is encouraging that your lungs sound clear. It is cold here too. Enjoy the beautiful snowy scene out your window without having to step into the frosty air! Love, Nick & Lorraine