Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I'll take a small bump...

Instead of a pothole later in life...

Hi folks! I'm writing early today only because I posted a message on Facebook saying read my blog for further details. Well, I didn't get my Round 5 today. It's being pushed back 2 weeks. Why?

Well, it could be nothing, but it's more of a rather be safe than sorry type thing. My MUGA scan I had 2 weeks ago of my heart showed my LVEF level has dropped quite significantly. Let me explain all of this in English. LVEF= Left ventricle ejection fraction. It's the fraction of blood pumped out of the ventricles which each heart beat. The left ventricle is an excellent measure of overall cardiac function. So...for me this means what? BEFORE chemo started I had a MUGA scan. My LVEF level was 74. After my 4th treatment and just 2 weeks ago my LVEF level is 53. For a person my age it should be at least 55. There's the red flag. And for it to drop that much in about 10 weeks probably isn't a good thing.

Don't freak out yet. This could mean nothing. It could have been they did my scan too early. I am not sure if there is a too early but since I had that MUGA scan 6 days after my treatment my blood levels could have affected the scan. Who knows. BUT we would rather be safe than sorry right? I mean my heart is my life. Not something I want to take a chance with.

What's next? They are working on setting me up with a cardiologist...soon. My Mom has requested we go see her Doctor...Dr. Rizik....he's one of the top 5 in Arizona. So, my Mom has already called that office to give them a heads up. I would assume I would hear something by the end of week (at least I hope). I will get an echocardiogram of my heart to see a more in depth look at it. They want to see how the walls of my heart are doing. So, more waiting.

The positive of this is I have 2 more weeks to feel GREAT. I have 2 more weeks to get my blood counts even better than they are so when I do get Round 5 I may have a better response to it because I've had more time in-between rounds.

The negative is I have all this time off this week. Well, I already picked up a shift tomorrow and I will steal my bar shift back on Saturday, but other than that I guess I'll just rest. My Doc said it's OK to work so that's good. And, being almost done with chemo is being delayed...but hey, that's ok.

I was talking with Lyda on the phone last night and she asked me if I was ready for today and how I was feeling. I told her I had a bad feeling, but I didn't know about what. My Dad said he hit every red light on the way to my house. We went to Cindy's Cafe for lunch and my Dad's favorite meal (the broasted chicken) wasn't being served for another hour and then my Mom commented in the waiting room of Ironwood that I have been so lucky that I haven't had any bumps. I think she jinxed me. Hee hee. Hey, it is what it is. I'm ok with it.

So that's all I know for now. I will keep you all posted when I know more!! Thanks for you kind words...

Love, Erin


  1. hi erin! i am sending you positive thought and prayers that you and your heart are strong!!! xo

  2. sory forgot to sign it. it is chemo brain, right???
    xo andrea