As you can see from the lack of new posts here that I took "having the next 4 weeks off" literally, and have been enjoying it.
I've done as little as possible except to catch up on some projects around here and spend time with friends and family. I was finally able to go to the dentist (teeth cleaning) because it wasn't allowed while I was going through chemo. And I did meet with my radiation doctor and then go through a radiation simulation.
My initial appointment was at a small satellite office but the simulation was located on a large complex where several hospitals are located. After my first appointment, and without going up to the main campus, I had to decide which location I wanted my daily treatments at. I chose the smaller office even though it's about the same distance to both of them, and boy, am I glad I did.
The freeway drive to the large campus is under construction and I can't imagine myself driving each and every day of the week. And once I finally made it to the complex, I spent nearly 15 minutes looking for a parking space. The smaller office is in an office park and I can park right in front of the door.
But the hardest part of going up to the main campus would have been the environment. It's a cancer center and it's hallways and waiting areas are full of cancer patients. I saw patients with patches over various parts of their bodies, patients and/or their companions crying, and others who stared blankly out the windows. It's a large complex, therefore, there were a lot of patients. Needless to say, it was a little depressing. It wouldn't bother me as much if I were to be there every once in a while, but I think it would get to me having to go every day.
And, yes, I have to have radiation therapy every day, Monday through Friday, 15-20 minutes each day, for six weeks. My first treatment will be this Tuesday (10/5). I will also have another MUGA-scan Tuesday and then meet with my oncologist next Monday. I'm hoping that my heart has healed enough and that I'll be able to start back up on the Herceptin that same week.