We had a busy but good day….weekly shopping, went to a local fair with a dear friend to watch a friend of ours sing, had an amazing dinner on the way home. A busy day fighting fatigue as I try to get stronger and as back to normal as I can before my next surgery.
I finally got to relax on the couch at about 11:30pm but it was well worth every minute….and yes, finally a pic of me without a wig on. 💕
Before my treatment I met with my oncologist and we had a great talk about how I have done and what my next steps are. All in all I navigated through my 16 chemo treatments very well. My side effects were minimal, mainly fatigue and slight neuropathy in my fingers during the last few weeks of treatment. There is no telling how long it will take for my red blood cell count to go back to normal, this is what causes my fatigue, but the neuropathy should disappear fairly quickly.
I have been doing OK since my last treatment. As usual I am tired, weak and run down. No amount of sleep or rest is enough at this point. I am tired of being tired….
Treatment went well today and it was quicker than normal because my nurse didn’t see that I have been getting the steroids and Benadryl mixed in a bag and given to me over a 45 minute time period. Luckily I didn’t have reactions to getting the meds quicker so that was good and it shaved close to an hour off of my time in the chair.
“You are in the double digits now!” That is what my oncologist said to me this past Thursday when I went in for my 10th treatment of Taxol….only 2 to go and then I will be done! 😁
Without a doubt this has been the most difficult part of my chemo treatments, 12 straight weeks of Taxol. The fatigue has been crippling at times to where I can barely get out of bed, can’t walk without my whole body hurting, can’t go up the stairs in our house without getting out of breath and my body aching. It’s hard to believe that I was running 20 to 30 minutes, 5 days a week and getting 10 flights of stairs in on my Fitbit, 5 times a week as well, before I had the energy drain from my body back in December of last year.
Before each treatment I am weighed, my blood pressure is checked, my temperature is taken and they take 2 vials of blood so they can get certain levels that they are watching to indicate how well I am doing during chemo. Today my vein that has always been so reliable, decided it had enough of being poked every week since May. Luckily I have plenty of other good veins to stick so she was able to go to a different one. But it made me realize just how many times I have had my blood taken since this journey started….it is astonishing!
Lunch with sweetie then over to the hospital for Taxol treatment #6 of 12….1/2 way done!
I am anxious today due to the sleeping issues I have been going through on the night of my chemo. I am confident that my oncologist will prescribe something for me but due to my high tolerance to some drugs I am worried that it won’t work. Guess I will find out soon enough.
We adjusted my meds again hoping that it will solve my sleeping issues. They mixed the Steroids and Benadryl together in one bag and gave them to me over 45 minutes….it didn’t help. I spent the night tossing and turning, ending up with about 2 1/2 hours of sleep. I can’t keep doing this week after week…