Yes, five. As in number five. My fifth round of chemo is scheduled for tomorrow. That means 83.33333333333% done! And number six is right around the corner, especially with Christmas and New Year’s in the middle. I’ve said this before, but I am surprised at how quickly this has all gone. I can count the time remaining in my treatment in terms of weeks now, instead of months. To date, I cannot really complain about how it’s gone, considering the horror stories you associate with chemotherapy. Yes, I have had fatigue, but it doesn’t last long (a few days) and seems to be less severe with each treatment. With Christmas next week, let’s hope that trend continues. Outside of fatigue, I have mostly struggled with the screwy taste buds which has resulted in a downward spiral of my diet, but this too shall pass. It is so nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I am hoping for an early bedtime tonight. Sunday night was my overnight in Hartford and I had a lousy night’s sleep. That’s not unusual for me, as I tend to not sleep well on business trips. I think it’s the worry that I will oversleep and miss the very meeting for which I have traveled. That, along with street noise and squishy pillows!
Last night was Ethan’s middle school Christmas concert (his first), so it was another diversion from routine resulting in a late bedtime. The concert, by the way, was quite wonderful. As a musician myself, I was so happy to hear that 350 of about 700 kids in the middle school participate in the music program! Isn’t that awesome?? The orchestra, chorus and band were all fantastic and I couldn’t be prouder of my little trombonist, as well as my niece and all the kids! (But I am really tired from another late night…)
Tomorrow, my treatment is in the afternoon, so I look forward to finishing my wrapping (does it ever end) and running a few quick errands in the morning. Then it is the usual schedule for the rest of the week: work-from-home Thursday and off on Friday to manage my fatigue. I can’t believe that I won’t see much of my team until after the new year since so many are off next week for the holiday. But thinking about the new year is just another reminder that the end of treatment is so near!