ChemotherapyIve been waiting to talk about this little nugget of goodness for a while.
Nothats a fibIve procrastinated on talking about chemotherapy treatment because I thought it would be easy and its just NOT. That includes talking about it not just physically doing it. I feel like a big whinger but I want to document it. So lets let it rip shall we?
Ive spoken here about my chemotherapy schedule. Ive just finished the four rounds of AC, about to commence Taxol and its beenup and down.
The first three rounds of chemo went pretty well initially with just a little nausea over the first day, Id fasted to combat this. See here about fasting and its benefits. What I didnt count on was the effect of the dexamethasone. Its a steroid that helps with a lot of the nasty side effects but gives me the shakes like Ive got the worst hangover imaginable. Still does.
In the three weeks following each treatment, youre on a cycle of one week lethargy, getting better in the second week although your immune system is more susceptible to picking up diseases due to a lower white blood cell count, then coming into the third week where you feel human again. Came down with a bug in that first round where I was still running around, giving out kisses and hugs. I carry a fly swatter now kidding! you just have to avoid that type of contact as much as possible.
Fourth round though, I didnt stick to the normal fasting schedule and that, coupled with the cumulative effect of the AC wiped me for a good week or so. Shaking limbs of lead and nausea to boot. But Im coming good now ready to start the Taxol treatment tomorrow. Cant wait, bring it on and lets get it over with! But if Im out for the count for a bit, heres 5 things about my chemo experience that I thought Id share:
- I was told it would put my body into menopause. No dramas here I though, Ive done THAT! but this time I got all the symptoms, the crappy moods and the hot flashesall the damn timewtf?
- Dry mouth is another side effect. What I didnt realise was that dry mouth = feeling like your mouth is full of silica crystals. Clean crystals, not your kitty litter ones but still
- Tastes changing. Ive been shocked with this one, was warned about metallic tastes but this is something else. Ive gone from a green smoothie sucking, whole food eating type into a give me salty, saucy, carb-me-up now, meat and potatoes and do not show me anything green or raw demented person. Ill get into this one later but Ive gone from tearing out my hair ha! over my diet change to a realisation that I had to eat what works for me. Took a visit to a nutritionist to come to terms with this. Which I highly recommend.
- Light reading given in the hospital recommended that you use a condom while having sex for a week after every chemo session. Ill leave that one alone 😉
- That having chemo means slowing down, not proving anything to anyone even yourself and that self-care isnt a bunch of holistic spin. Its essential.
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