Lainy, you are my birthday buddy. How fun!!! I will start chemo sometime shortly around my birthday this year....not sure if that's a curse, or a present to myself. I'd really like to get past Easter and even my birthday before I do the first infusion, but if my incisions are healed, I know they want me to start as soon as possible. It really depends on them.
Oh....I know what you mean about preferring to spend time meeting a guy rather than going to Dr. appointments and obsessing over treatments. I'm happily married, so I'm not "looking", but this whole thing sucks up so much time that I could be using to do fun things....things I've planned to do after my Nov retirement.
And.....I sure wish I could be spending the money for something more fun as well. Our Co-pay went from $5000 per year to $12, 000 per year on Jan 1st, 2014, due to the new insurance plans. We've already more than me that co-pay of course. But, thankfully, the new plan does have Mayo in their network. About 5-10 years ago, they did not for a number of years because Mayo and our insurance wouldn't play nicely together with billing. Gah!!!
Thanks for your comments about diabetes and steroids. It's been a concern of mine as I read about treatment during chemo for side effects. It was a steroid that started my diabetes....and I was diagnosed having diabetes initially with an A1C of 13 (and oddly enough...I had NO symptoms, other than I urinated one extra time per day if I happened to stay up all night working....otherwise, I didn't....and I normally only go to the bathroom a couple times a day at most).
When you were on the steroids, how high did your BG numbers go? Did they have your increase insulin ....either baseline or mealtime during the time you were on the steroids?
Now that I'm home from Mayo, I have more questions. (I had a list of 23 for him when we met at Mayo on Tuesday.....<grin>) I can call my internist/oncologist, but I want to maximize a phone call so I'm not calling all the time.
I think we've decided to go back to Mayo to have a port installed...not so much because of the lack of expertise of our local doctors to do it, but because of the extreme difficulty the local nurses seem to have putting in an IV. The last local gal blew out two veins (I wasn't surprised, considering her technique) and I had to insist that she was DONE. Prior to that, for a liver biopsy, there were 8 attempts to insert an IV, by about 4 different nurses, before they agreed to finally call IV therapy with their ultrasound machine. Then, Tuesday at Mayo, the guy who put in the IV prior to my CT scan did it first try and with hardly the feel of a pin prick. I was in tears prior to him doing it...I was so crazy upset over having to go through the IV thing again. My bad experiences here in town with this have extended back many years, so it's not that I've just had recent bad luck. Some people are better at this than others, and really the others just shouldn't be doing it....but I suppose it looked like a good career choice for a paycheck.
"Just for today, I can get through anything." I'm a cancer survivor, not a doctor. The opinions I state are my own, based on my personal experiences. As always, talk to your doctor about your concerns and treatment.