• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 157 (On the Couch Again)


    Monday, December 15, 2015

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  0.00 miles;  Running Total: 83.16 miles)

    Day 157 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    I went in for the Neulasta shot.  This is the injection that helps rebuild my immune system.

    The first time I got this injection resulted in disaster.  The second time, at the advice of one of the oncology nurses, I took Claritin the day of the shot and several days after to offset the side effects.

    It worked, too.  Claritin is my miracle drug when it comes to the Neulasta shot.

    This time, the third time, I started taking Claritin a few days before the shot to see if I recover faster.

    I’m well aware that by the time I get this figured out chemotherapy will be over.

    I still spent the day on the couch with a heating pad at my back watching movies. This time it was The Wolf of Wall Street.

    You know, I’ve made some questionable decisions before, but I felt amazingly good about myself after watching that movie.

    While on the couch, I scheduled an appointment with the Body Image Therapy Service.

    This service is to help cancer patients cope with changes to how their body works and functions after cancer surgery.

    These types of services are one of the reasons I love the doctors I’ve chosen.  The service is considered part of the comprehensive care. It isn’t billed to the insurance company.

    In essence, it’s part of what you’ve already paid for.

    I scheduled the appointment for after the new year since I don’t have a surgery date yet and still need to finish chemotherapy.

    I haven’t used this service yet, but I’m already happy with their approach.

    They are very up front with their confidentiality agreement.

    The therapist is in communication with the other doctors assigned to my case.  Any notes that the therapist makes in my case file can be seen by any of my doctors. Any concerns I bring up that the therapist thinks my surgeons should know about, she’ll share with my doctors.

    I like this because I don’t have to repeat myself over and over to twenty different people.

    Today’s silver lining: This guy.


    After dinner he covered me up with a blanket, then burrowed in next to me saying, “I just want to snuggle with you.”

    I won’t say no to that.

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

    Don’t want to leave a comment, but have something you want to share?  Send me an email at gettingthewordswrong(at)gmail(dot)com.


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