This day last week Karen gave herself a Neulasta shot. Chemo kills your whiteblood cells leaving you vulnerable to infection. Neulasta remedies this by giving your bone-marrow a kick in the pants to start producing more. The net effect is you feel extreme pain in your bones, mostly in your hips and spine (areas of lots of bone marrow). The doctor told us it'd feel like you'd been kicked by a mule.
So for the last few days Karen's been on pain killers and today the pain has started to recede. It's tough to manage as you can't really drive a car (to take the kids out) when you're loopy on Percocet.
A lot of folks have been inquiring about our care providers and offering references to other doctors etc. It's always better to get a visual, especially if you're reading this overseas (as I know a lot of you are). I thought it'd be nice to post a little bit about them.
We've been attending Overlook Oncology Center in Summit. Our oncologist is Doctor Dan Moriarty. Here's a link to his credentials [LINK] and he's pictured on the right.
Doctor Dan has been great, a sincere, caring and knowledgeable doctor, and is truely committed to making Karen well. He's been doing this for 30 years so this isn't his first rodeo. Exactly the type of person you'd want as your "cancer quarterback".
Another key-player on the team is our nurse Nancy. She's pictured here in the back row, right hand side.
Nancy has called us a couple of times now off her own bat just to check-in and I think you can tell just by looking at her that she's a very caring person. As you can see from the pics, this is a great group of folks, very upbeat and positive without being patronizing.
Overall we couldn't be happier with the care and support we've received at all levels. If you'd like to learn more about the center or group we're working with click here: [LINK].
We start the 3rd chemo round this coming Monday.