August 8, 2018
This is Week 4 of Cisplatin. The neuropathy and chemo brain seem to not be getting any worse. I’m noticing that I’m more tired and have less stamina to get things done again. Some of this is the chemo and some is also from the radiation. My body is working really hard to repair itself.
This past weekend was the Seattle Art Fair. I went with my former coworker and his wife for the first time a couple of years ago, so we decided to do it again. I felt pretty good getting up on Saturday. We took the bus downtown from the transit center, which was a first for me. The Century Link Event Center is 200,000 sq ft of exhibits. There are 104 galleries from around the country and Canada that show the work of a number of different artists. When I went last time, I went around a corner and saw some painting that I, at first, thought were really good reproductions of Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans. Then, I looked to see who the artist was and they were original Warhols. Mind blown!
This year, there were some originals from Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston as well as an exhibit of European classics like Monet, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and others I didn’t recognize right off.
I hadn’t thought much about it when I agreed to watch the pups, but they’re pretty good in the house, and I had my dogwalker lined up to help out, so I wasn’t too worried about being gone much of the day.
The exhibits this year, I think took a backseat to those last time I was here. Back then, I turned a corner and saw some cool paintings that I thought were Warhol knock-offs. I hadn’t realized that this was much more than just local artists trying to sell their stuff. Sure, there are plenty of Seattle artists here, but the bulk of this show, funded in part by Paul Allen, brings galleries from New York, Vancouver BC and all over the world. Oh, spoiler alert, they were real Warhols. *Mind blown*
This year, I saw a couple of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Ima Cunningham original photographs. They have some art there done by musicians like John Mellencamp, which I thought was cool. I suppose what makes this interesting to go to is seeing how much the artwork costs. There was a piece of urethane with a light behind it that was for sale for $60,000. There were some paintings in that range, but there are more pieces that are in the $1,000 – 5,000 range that anyone interested in investing in a collection could probably afford. Art’s something you have to commit to. It’s something that’s going to be in your house for many, many years, so if you’re going to spend that kind of money on it, you’d better really like it.
We wandered around there for about 3 hours, and then went to the International District for a late lunch/early dinner. I tried a spicy jelly fish appetizer. It wasn’t what I expected – it was crunchier than I thought it would be. We had Beef Chow Fun, Beef and Mushroom Fried Rice, Stuffed Chicken Wings, Mandarin Style Green Beans and some Deep Fried Eggplants with Garlic. Needless to say, there were leftovers. Afterward, I had another sleepy Sunday. I’m thinking that it’ll be like this for the next couple of weeks until I can start recovering from this chemo treatment.
Sunday, though, I was tired again. The pups and I slept in a bit before I got them out and fed. We had a lazy day – I spent most of it sleeping on the couch, and they on the floor next to the couch. Even when I’m feeling good they don’t like to let me out of their sight. Funny critters.
Monday night was another awful night for trips to the bathroom. I ended up somewhat dehydrated again and exhausted. I was up for 4 hours in the middle of the night. I have some changes to make to avoid feeling like this next week. I’m trying to eat a lot of fruits and veggies with high water content – like cucumbers, lettuce, watermelon, honeydew and berries as well as drinking Gatorade, juice, milk and flavored water. They only help a little.
This week, the other side effects are holding steady – they’re not worse. Something odd that happened today was that my temp was 99.9 when I got there. I didn’t feel like I had a fever at all. So later, after I got home and the headache and exhaustion kicked in, I took a 2 hour nap. When I woke up, my head was still pounding and I felt kind of weak. I took my temp and was at 101.8. I took a couple of Extra Strength Tylenol and waited 30 minutes to see if it would bring it down. When it hadn’t really moved the temp down, I called the doctor. She said she thought it was a chemo reaction and that I wasn’t really sick, which is good. My blood counts were starting to go down this week from the chemo, but she said I still had enough white cells to fight an infection if I had one. I don’t need one. Fortunately, my temp came down after a couple of hours. The headache was lingering, but sleep and some Excedin for Migraines will hopefully help. The Oncologist also said that if I want to stop the Cisplatin next week, she’d be open to that. I have mixed feelings about this. While I don’t like feeling like crap, I also want this treatment to work, and feel like I can put up with feeling crappy for one or maybe two more weeks.
Friday will be a Herceptin and Perjeta day. That infusion goes pretty quickly. It doesn’t require any lab work or extra fluid drops. Although, I should maybe ask for some fluids this time. Something to think about.
I’d like to get out and shoot pictures this weekend. That will depend on how I feel. The Perseids are visible for the next couple of weeks. It would be fun to get some decent star pics. If not, there are always cut flowers. 🙂