I have been so wiped out since getting blood that I can’t believe it. I must admit I have also been a bit depressed and having a very hard time dealing with all of these chemotherapy complications. I have had to take a few days to get my head on straight. I took until yesterday for me to finally start to break my unhappy streak. I hate to say I felt sorry for myself, but I did. I realize these are just human emotions, but I have really struggled to get myself positive again. My nurse came by and gave me a good pep talk. She also said it is normal to have times like this and not to beat myself up about it. My poor children could not even get me to swim or anything for a few days, let along blog. I want anyone who is going through similar issues with chemotherapy to know they are not alone. We all get down and depressed. One of the best things is for us to go outside and get some sun. I finally did that yesterday and I did start to feel a bit better.
Yesterday, my children were finally able to get me to eat healthier. I had salmon, broccoli, shikate mushrooms, rice, and coleslaw with mandarin oranges and cranberry. I am also having shakes with protein. Now my nurse explained to me that to boost up myself before chemotherapy from now on, I need to eat at least 100mg of protein each day. She told me it is the protein that will help me tolerate the chemotherapy drugs better, especially with anemia, and low red and white blood cells. I am also taking aranesp for red blood cell production and neulasta for white blood cells production. I am even getting iron shots and taking slow release iron. My children are going to take me for a ride today to look at the beautiful scenery around us. I really need that. The sun is out and shining so I need to absorb some vitamin D in sun too.
I have some extra arm exercise. I am working on those so I can be able to do my things for myself. I just can’t get the pain in my arms to improve, which is supposedly due to polymyelitis rheumatica. My oncologist said it may also be part of a symptom of the peritoneal cancer. Thankfully, my abdominal pain has still been under control. My legs are still extremely weak and I fatigue just walking in the house. It is exhausting for me to exercise, but I know I have to so I can get stronger. Once my red blood cells, white blood cells and anemia improve, I will get more energy back. I know I just have to deal with this no matter how hard it is.
I am continuing all my herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals. My biggest things to work on now are boosting my protein, exercise and keeping myself positive. “I will keep positive and beat cancer, I will keep positive and beat cancer, I will keep positive and beat cancer”. On that note, I am going to get myself in our backyard and sit in the sun for awhile. Of course, I can only sit in the sun for a short time due to the cancer, but sunscreen works. We can all do this and I will kick myself a bit and do my best to get back to you on my daily routine.
Laugh all you can and get some sunshine!
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