I had my biweekly (I mean every two weeks, not twice a week) check-up with my medical oncologist yesterday. I had been down to 2 mg of decadron, once a day. And anyone who has been on decadron will tell you, even that is too much. He was pleased enough with what he saw and what the blood work said that he took me off it completely! I have been taking it since mid-November. And right before Thanksgiving, I went up to a high dose of 4 mg four times a day. It's a good thing I lost so much weight following surgery this summer... my face is quite puffy (of course), and I don't currently have any hair to, um, disguise it. Though I have to say, I think I look quite kick-ass bald. It really doesn't bother me, being bald, except when I'm walking the dog in the morning and the windchill is 6 degrees! Yes, I'm wearing a hat, let me tell you, it doesn't always help!
But Dr. Bonnem also said that I don't have to come back for three weeks this time -- nor do I need to have blood work done! That last is especially welcome -- I would think for the phlebotomists -- since my veins are terrible. I'm a challenge, let's say. It's a good thing I don't mind needles, nor am especially queasy about blood... oops, sorry if you are.