Neulasta is a drug that helps your body make white blood cells after receiving chemotherapy. It is a commonly used drug and is sometimes needed due to chemo or prolonged use of chemo. Now if you hear me say this word you probably would think I'm talking about the sleeping med. This is because I really don't see how their names are different. (My mom said she took LUNESTA)
I was at chemo on Thursday when I was told I needed to get the nasty shot again because my blood counts dipped to low again. My anxiety spiked but I knew there was no getting out of it. I know what to expect and I'm not looking forward to it! Today after chemo, I will get a somewhat painless shot device put on my arm and then the waiting game begins. At first, after I had my first shot (right before we left for Florida in January), I thought, oh nice -- NO side effects. Yaaaaaaaaa, hmmmmmm boy I was wrong!
My hip was starting to fail, but I knew bone pain was a side effect. Most people would rest, but I was getting to that Macy's in City Place. We get there, I'm struggling. I try on bathing suits while getting Hulk punches more and more. Finally we picked a bathing suit, checked out and tried to walk back to the car -- which, of course, we lost. I'm starting to cry because for some reason my Avengers weren't coming to my aid. It's remarkable how you can be almost collapsing and no one says anything.
That night I cried in pain for hours and hours but it was not going to stop me from visiting our friend Steve in Naples. We took Alligator Alley to get there, which brings you from one side of Florida to the other. I of course focused on being in Florida, oh how nice, and not taking a deep breath in hopes I wouldn't get a back spasm. My sour face continued for about three days, which is better than if it lasted four or seven days. I called it my sour face because I noticed whenever I had a mild spasm I looked like I was eating sour patch kids. Other times I just tried to hide it. I think I did well. While we were out with everyone I felt safe because my friend brought four nurses, so I couldn't have been in better company.
Well, I could go on and on about my marvelous time in Florida, but mostly I'm giving you my prequel for when my pain starts to kick this weekend after my latest shot