I agree with you, if we as patients can't take charge of our quality of life then what is the point. There is this line from Steel Magnolias "I'd rather have six months of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special." Well, I'd rather have six months of wonderful than 12 months of misery.
Pulmonary emboli are blood clots in the lungs, the main symptom would be shortness of breath, congestion doesn't usually enter into it, that being said, if you are so short of breath you can't take deep breaths than that could lead to the congestion. The only real way of telling is with a scan, do your scans include the lungs yet?
If you have the opportunity to swim with dolphins in hawaii, DO IT! It is so worth the money (it was about $150) and one of the most magical experiences of my life.
Have a great time in Hawaii, have you ever been? What island(s) are you going to?
Happy New Year!
Hi Barb, I have made the same decision about Taxotere. I'll wait until next scans to see if it was doing any good or not. I know the Oncologist will want to do another round before scans but My daughter made reservations for a week in Hawaii 2nd week of March for our Anniversary. ( A Christmas gift) Who wants to go to Hawaii feeling like crap. Also if Taxotere is doing any good it will do just as good when I return as far as I'm concerned. With pulmonary emboli, is that like coughing up a lot of congestion? I'm asking as I was coughing up flem alot this round of chemo and then one time it looked like a good clump of dark red blood. Just like a blood clot. My coughing seem to have gone away since then. Hey maybe I can swim with the Dolphins as well. It sounds really exciting.
The Best New Year To You!