So when you’re lucky enough to get the “Red Devil” chemo (Adriamycin, which is commonly given in conjunction with Cytoxan – AC), you find out that Adriamycin can potentially damage your heart. Awesome. Before you go through this type of chemo, they make sure your heart is strong enough to take it. Although I don’t currently have any heart problems, I was born with a hole in my heart that was fixed with surgery at age 3. So anything to do with my heart kind of concerns me. The first echo showed my heart was fine but I was kind of nervous about what the result would be. I was nervous about everything after getting walloped with my BC diagnosis.
Now that I’m all done with the AC rounds (4 of them, dose dense starting on August 4th), it was time to do a follow up echo to make sure my heart was still fine. Which is kind of funny because I wonder what they do if it’s not. Is there something they could do to fix any damage after the fact? No clue. But I’m not worried about it, I am sure it will come back just fine again. Really trying to put into practice the “no worrying” thing.
The first time I had it done, I had a woman and it was before my surgery and before my chemo, so I was still a normal looking human being at that point. This time, I was disappointed because it was a guy and I was thinking that he would have to see my tissue-expander-boobs and I would have to explain. But he kept me covered the entire time and kept me occupied by talking about the new iPhone. I even demonstrated Siri for him at the end! So it wasn’t too bad. It was a lot quicker than the first time, I think.
The only thing that was kind of annoying was laying down with a stupid wig on. You gotta make sure that thing doesn’t get all jacked up and askew.