Okay, this has been the worst day ever! I was not only fatigued, nauseated and had a headache, but, my body has been in severe pain all day. I thought I would never get to this blog today. I am a bit better tonight. I had a hard time eating and I did not eat very healthy as only some foods tasted good. I had a protein vanilla shake, jello, soup, toast and about a cup of pasta with pesto today. I managed to get all my vitamins and minerals in me too. I hope that tomorrow I feel better. I was told to expect my body to feel like it is going through “hell” for the first few treatments. Supposedly out body gets used to the chemotherapy after you have a few treatments. My biggest concern is my blood work being good enough to take my therapy.
I am going to have some physical therapy as my muscles are very weak and my oncologist thinks I need to do more exercise to keep strong. He said that even if you feel like you can’t do anything, you must push yourself to do what you can. I did not do very well with that today. I did do hand therapy with a “sand ball” that you squeeze to strengthen your hands and arms.
One of our friends who had breast cancer a few years ago told me that she was taking one of the chemotherapy drugs I am taking called Taxol. She said her hair started to fall out after the second treatment. I am a bit freaked out about that, so I do want to get a wig. I have relatively long and thick hair so this is going to be a shock. Losing my hair is fine as I want my cancer to leave my body. Our friend said that she was also very constipated with the medication. She said she took stool softeners at each meal. I have taken three in the morning and three at bedtime. The nurse said not to go more than three days without a bowel movement, but I am doing my best not to go longer than two days. I got a lovely card from a longtime friend and had a nice conversation with a friend who offered to visit soon.
I had lost my voice for most of the day. It is a bit better now. It seems to come and go. Well, I am in for the ride of my life. Lets keep our heads on straight and push ahead on the road to recovery and may anyone on chemotherapy remember to just stay positive, laugh, live and take it one day at a time.
- Are There Alternatives to Chemo? (everydayhealth.com)
- What Foods Should Be Avoided During Chemo? (everydayhealth.com)
- Chemo side effects can be countered (utsandiego.com)
- Breast Cancer Chemotherapy (cancercenter.com)
- Day 17-Will This Nausea Ever Stop? (ijustgotcancer.wordpress.com)