Last night, we began round 11 of chemo. This is the second-to-last cycle, and the last of the nausea-inducing, immuno-suppressive stuff. I can hardly believe we are this close to the end!
Not much else to report these days. Scarlett and Chris has both had pretty bad colds all week; I have been fighting it off with every homeopathic tea, drop and pill I can find. Luckily, it was the quietest week we have had in a long time since all of Scarlett's therapists are on holiday breaks. Just one appointment this week for labs, clinic and chemo pick-up, though it did take about 5 hours from start to finish!
We got the official results from last week's follow up MRI that there has been no change in her shunt problem, so we are clear to proceed with the last months of treatment. This puts is one big step closer to the harrowing reconstructive surgery scheduled for next summer. We should be seeing the neurosurgeon in January to begin the planning process for that.
We don't have much planned for New Year's. Chris has to work the closing shift Saturday, then open on Sunday, so no hard partying for us! We hope to see a few friends and some family, maybe have some champagne. Honestly, I'd rather keep Scarlett on her regular schedule than try to go out!
Just a reminder: If you gave blood with us in October, you are likely clear to give again! If you are in the Bay Area, the Stanford Blood Center has been fantastic to work with, and they have a few locations on the Peninsula. If you can't make it there, check with the Red Cross to see where you could donate. Chemo doesn't stop for the holidays, so patients need blood all year round, and donations are slower this time of year.