On to Taxol

(from the files of Joey the guest-writer)

We went in today for our first round of Taxol and Nicole did great, as usual.  Our only hiccup today was that her blood counts came in too low initially again, this time in the mid 800s (she needs to be at 1,000 in order to be able to do chemo on any given day).  So, off to the stairs we went again!  24 steps per flight, five flights, seven trips up and down the stairs.  1,680 stairs in total – 840 up and 840 down.  She did the blood test again and scored in the 1,200 range.  We are now true believers in climbing the stairs to boost your white blood cell counts.  Two for two.

Taxol is a bit quicker than Cisplatin – only a three hour infusion, plus about a half hour of pre-meds.  Still, a really long day.  Today was made considerably easier, though, by two excellent neighbors in the infusion center – Mike and Mary, who were about our parents’ age, struck up a conversation with us and we talked and laughed with them for almost two hours.  We covered politics, history, careers, hobbies, children and grandchildren.  They are fabulous people and we really enjoyed talking with them.  Cross your fingers for Mike, who has battled and beaten cancer twice and is on his way soon to get a bone marrow transplant.  We were in awe of his great spirit.

Thanks also to my parents, Dan and Betty Jo (aka Grammy and Pops), who came in yesterday and are keeping the house and kids in one piece this week.

It is GREAT to have good friends and family like you all.  We can’t tell you how much we appreciate all the support and help we get from each of you.



  1. It’s hard to imagine doing all of that step climbing, up and down, and not being physically exhausted before having an infustion. What stamina you have to have. BUT, I’m so proud of Nicole, you Joey, and Sara and Sam. You all still amaze me, and you’re always in my prayers. Thanks for being in my family. :) I’m glad to be a small part of yours. Hugs and Love, Aunt Edna

  2. Gail Joyner says:

    Great Love and Support will make for a Very positive outcome. Love the spirit! Joey, we always enjoy your journal entries. So nice to be able to keep up on the latest w/o your having to explain each time to each person! Love to all the Yates Family

  3. Christine says:

    Thinking of you ALL constantly this week. It’s a milestone, and I’m thankful you’ve had your continued support system doing its “thang.” Kudos to you, as usual, for handling everything with such grace and generosity of spirit and for even making friends along the way. Best wishes to Mike and Mary, and I thank them for sharing their story with you and for making a trying day a little more bearable.

    Love to you all. And I agree with Heather. NO SAND BLASTERS!

  4. Oh the medical mystery of coke and running the stairs to increase white blood count – have you ever heard of anything so unscientific? I’m up for anything that gets Nicole in and out of this quicker without harming her. Thank you infusion center neighbors for making her treatment go faster with conversation and stories….. and best of luck to you – God Bless ; thank you Dan and Betty Jo for your continued support of the entire Yates clan-the kids adore their Grammy and Pops!! ; and MARIETTA–YOU ARE THE BEST – thank you thank you for your never waivering love and attention to Nicole and the family and the ‘over the top’ help you have been to them throughout this ordeal. WHEN THIS IS OVER – WE CELEBRATE!!.


  5. Joey – glad your parents are there this week. I know that takes a load off of you and Nicole and I’m sure they kids love having them there! Praying for you guys every day – with praises and petitions!