Updated: Sep 17
It's hard to believe it has been two full weeks that we have been in Mexico and over two weeks since we left Canada. Things have settled into a routine now. Sundays are the only day Sadie does not have treatments so it is a day to sleep in, go down to the beach and generally relax. Sadie has been feeling good the last few days after struggling earlier this week with severe nausea caused by the chemo. We received encouraging news this week in that most of her blood markers are back to a normal range with the only exception being the white blood cell count, which remains high but has dropped quite a bit since we arrived.
This past week's therapies were focused on increasing the oxygen levels in her blood as cancer does not survive in an oxygen rich environment. The treatments included IV hydrogen peroxide and sodium bicarbonate. She will start physical therapy tomorrow with a lymphatic drainage massage. This coming week's treatments will include IV glutathione, an antioxidant, as they prepare her for the next cycle of chemo.
The highlight of the week was when we visited a healthy bakery recommended by the clinic. They sell a delicious no-sugar, no-gluten carrot cake. It was an amazing treat! We also discovered a nice shopping mall a few blocks from the clinic that is much like the outdoor US outlet malls but with Mexican brand names. There are very strict rules here around the number of people that can be in a store at a time and they take your temperature and give hand sanitizer at every store you go in; and masks are mandatory everywhere. We almost had to set up residence in the mall as the parking lot had paid parking and only accepted pesos for payment, which I did not have. Fortunately a very nice Mexican lady paid for my parking when she recognized my distress. Converting some cash to pesos will have to be on my to-do list before we go shopping again.
The best carrot cake ever: