Whew! I feel a huge sense of relief! Yesterday, I did my bloodwork, and thankfully the white blood cells were high enough to not be in that neutropenic danger zone. I was happy about that, but still didn't feel like I would be really out of the woods & okay with this cycle until the plastic surgeon appointment today. Thankfully, he says everything is looking good, and I am okay to stay on schedule with chemo for next week. I didn't realize just how stressed out I had been feeling until after both of those appointments were done. It may seem silly, but almost every appointment with the oncologist and plastic surgeon had brought some type of bad news, problem, or complication. I now feel like I can breathe, and hope that this is the start of some appointments with good news and a pattern of things going well.
The plastic surgeon also finally cleared me to do real cardio and lifted the "you can walk, but don't sweat" exercise restriction. I'm still not allowed to do repetitive arm motions like lifting weights b/c of the possible damage to the scars that can come from chemo, but that is okay. I am SO very excited to be able to get back on the elliptical, treadmill, arc trainer, etc. and actually work out. I know I may be crazy to care about exercising while in chemo, but it is just one more way of being able to get another little piece of me back. Plus, my being slightly crazy is not anything new, lol!
Please keep the good thoughts and prayers coming! I really hope that things will go smoothly, and I'll be able to stay on track for the last 4 treatments.