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Ugh

The last few days have been lousy from vomiting and fatigue. This cycle is definitely the worst thus far- thank god it is my last one. I’ve been going to bed at 7 PM to try and get all the rest I can. I find it strange that when I wake up at 5 AM, I feel ok, almost normal. Once I start to move around the nausea and fatigue hits pretty hard. If I stop moving around (i.e.: sitting in the car on the way to work for an hour) the symptoms diminish. As soon as I start moving around again, the symptoms are back. This happened throughout the day yesterday.

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Good morning

I’m tired, but in good spirits. My dinner was delicious last night. I can’t wait to get out of Dana-Farber today to visit with family. The number of patients younger than me has significantly increased since I first started treatment. This makes me feel more comfortable for some reason. Most of the patients are in their 40s to 60s. My weight has jumped up about 15lbs in 3 days- not that I worry about it- same as last time. The weight will come off by the end of next week. It makes me feel very sluggish. I think I might finally join a gym once I get of this treatment. I’m pretty much on a fitness hiatus, which means I could make substantial progress once I go back to my regular diet. A gym membership is probably what I need to finally put on some muscle weight.

A little tired

I feel tired already- it started yesterday afternoon, much sooner than the first time I went through a 5-day chemo session. It is likely a cumulative effect now being in my 4th week. My nurse also put me on a 4th anti-nausea medication, but I forget what it is called. I suppose it doesn’t matter as long as it works! The family is coming down to visit this weekend. My plan is to reserve enough energy during the day on Saturday to be able to go out to one of my favorite restaurants for an early dinner.

First day back to work

Today was the most difficult morning thus far for side effects. I woke up feeling exhausted, despite sleeping over 10 hours. I crawled out of bed to eat a handful of saltines, took my anti-nausea meds and laid back down. After about 30 minutes of lying awake, I got up and took a shower. The nausea took complete control after I got out of the shower.

My head was extremely congested most of the day- it eased up as I drank more water. My coworkers were very supportive, but it was difficult to get back into the swing of things.

Drowsy is better than nausea

I woke up feeling ok, but carefully followed my nurses instructions to eat crackers before getting out of bed and to immediately take two anti-nausea meds. I haven’t had any nausea since, but I’ve been drowsy all day- enough so that I want to lay down for awhile.

My visit to Dana-Farber was brief- a shot of blood cells and I was off. I felt really uncomfortable walking in there- on par with how Bruno feels when he is dragged into the vet.

I will get a good night sleep tonight so that I’m ready for my first day back to work tomorrow. It is time to get back to the normal routine (and back to feeling normal).

Day 5 started rough

The nausea won this morning. I tried to take my meds, half a banana and a glass of water for breakfast around 5:15 AM. It lasted about 30 seconds before Jess woke up to my heaving. Although I was hungry, I couldn’t eat or drink anything until roughly 11 AM. My nurse switched my oral medications over to an IV version to get it in my system.

I slept through nearly the entire visit to Dana-Farber. Yet again, I was emotional about being in there when it came time to hook up the IV. I didn’t try to fight the fatigue, and the dozing off seemed to pass the time more quickly.

I am now taking 3 different kinds of anti-nausea meds. One of which, moonlights as a sleeping pill/anti-depression, which must be working because I feel generally ok about things right now.

Tomorrow should be an easy day. I will wake up, work from home in the morning and have a quick appointment at Dana-Farber in the afternoon for a shot of red blood cells. I will progressively feel better over the next two weeks now that my first week of treatment is over.

1 hour down, 5 to go

I’m now sitting in one fully-equipped lay-z-boy recliner with a built-in TV.  I’ve got two big bags of saline connected to my IV, which is making my arm feel pretty darn cold.  I am told this is normal.  In a few hours I will get the actual chemo drugs.  One of the technicians told me that chemo makes you feel tired, but your body physically isn’t; and by recognizing this, you can fight off some of the fatigue.

Now it’s time to wander around- my IV is on wheels!