(I just got cancer) Finished cycle three of chemotherapy
I finished cycle three of chemotherapy and I am at the half way mark of treatment. My complete blood panel was very low though and I have not been feeling well the last few days. I have just been too weak to do anything. My hemoglobin dropped so low I qualified for blood again, but my oncologist decided to have me take aranasp. My white blood cells also dropped very low and I had to take neulasta. My oncologist and nurse told me that these two medications help build white and red blood cells, but I may get pain in my spine and joints. Well, of course that is what happened.
When I get blood my energy picks up pretty fast, but this time I have been feeling wiped out! Yes, treatment can really be a bitch, but I am so grateful to have the opportunity for treatment. My last tumor markers were in normal range. They drew them again, but I will not get those results for two weeks. Since my white blood cells are so low, and I had to take the neulasta, I have to take a week off from treatment. I am hoping to get some energy again and not feel so weak. It seems to be taking awhile this time.
I had physical therapy today and I struggled through it, but my therapist told me it will help me get my strength back. I know that, but I have literally been having a hard time just getting out of bed the last few days. It is another hill to climb and I know I can get over it. My daughter is helping and going to help me finish typing. She made a homemade cream of Potato and veggie soup which was very good tonight. My son got endive for iron. Just eating was a challenge today. I feel pathetic when I get like this. It is all part of treatment and I need to remember not to be hard on myself. I want to remind everyone to drink a lot of water and that means ten or more glasses of non-caffeinated or carbonated drinks. I have not been doing that well enough the last few days and I can feel the difference. I am drinking more water again today.
I also had constipation and bloating for a couple of days from the medication. This does not help either. Just one thing after the other. Cancer is not for sissies. I think it is a challenge every day. I love the good ones though and plan on many great days ahead.
I need to say Goodnight. Hang tough,
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