It is currently the fourth day since my first chemo treatment. When I saw this photo that my friend Kevin sent, I laughed – and laughing is always a good thing! It reminded me of how I feel when I look in the mirror in the mornings these days. So far though, I have still have hair!
Typically, I awaken feeling nauseous – it’s like really bad morning sickness, only I’m definitely not pregnant, lol. There is also this level of deep fatigue that doesn’t seem to go away throughout the day. They gave me drugs such as Emend, Dexamethasone, Zofran within the three days immediately surrounding the actual chemo treatment and then Metoclopramide to use as needed with nausea. I’ve already used them and yes, they do help for a little while. So far I’m mostly sticking to soups and lighter foods, as the heavier ones haven’t fared so well :-/. In addition to all those meds, I also get to have a shot (yes needle) of Neupgen every day for seven days – did I mention needles are not my favourite thing? I’m learning that it is something I have no choice but to get used to so I’m sucking it up. Thank goodness Kirk is a great nurse, as he lovingly administers them each day as I turn my head so that I don’t have to look! By afternoon, I start to feel human for a couple of hours and by about 6pm I’m typically exhausted and barely able to hold my head up it feels so heavy! However, I’m quickly learning my thresholds regarding visiting (I had to see my Daddy on Father’s Day!) and even chatting on the phone and am abiding by them. Many people warned me “listen to your body” and they will be happy to know that I am doing just that!
Today was probably the worst morning as far as nausea was concerned. However, I went for my IVC (IV Vitamin C) today and felt SO much better afterwards. Not quite ready to go out dancing yet, but it is certainly encouraging. If I feel this much better after each one I will be counting the days between them!
I know these days are cyclical within the treatment and am looking forward for the ‘good’ days to come back quickly, as my chin is up and I know they will. I’m incredibly grateful for the messages, cards, gifts and amazing food that keeps arriving at our home :-). Everyone has been extremely thoughtful and it does not go unnoticed! With that, I’m keeping my post short today. Just wanted to share this brief update along with the amusing and artistic photo :-).