Well, I’m halfway through the chemo part of my treatment. Yahoo! This last round of chemo did not seem to be as bad as the one before, so all of your positive thoughts, energy and love that you all have been sending must be working :-)! Actually, after explaining to my oncologist how horrible I felt last time, the nurse administered the chemo to me over a much longer period of time during this session (about 80 minutes vs. 30). This appears to have helped immensely with the immediate side effects that I was getting during and immediately after receiving the chemo. I didn’t get the immediate ‘head cold’ feeling or the feeling like my brain was floating in chemo – thank goodness.
The mystery is now what the next four rounds will bring. AC-PACLitaxel, also known as Taxol, is the type of chemo that I will be receiving for my last four rounds. I’ve been told by my oncologist that there will be less nausea, but perhaps more fatigue. Other common side effects are joint and muscle pain, peripheral neuropathy (numbness or tingling of fingers and toes). Many internet posts say that holding onto ice cubes and/or putting them in your socks may prevent the neuropathy, but I’m not sure I want to freeze my hands and feet for the 5 hour duration that they will be administering this type of chemo for.
On a lighter note, I washed my hair today. Since I only wear it when I go out, and don’t go out for very long periods of time, there was really no need up until now. It’s a funny thing to see ‘your’ hair laying in the sink as you wash it and hang it up to dry! I’m hoping it is dry by the morning, as I do have some errands to do. If not, then one of the awesome hats that I picked up at my new favourite store, My Left Breast, will have to do :-).