This has not been a good week. I talked about the administration of the latest and greatest chemo-cocktail last week. Well, the side effects were just plain crappy.
I did feel generally bleah after the initial treatment, but come Saturday evening I could feel the Crash and Burn coming on. Okay, that was expected. What wasn’t expected, however, was the fact that the C&B lasted nearly a week. I slept of good portion of Sunday, woke Monday morning still feeling crappy, managed to get to work where fortunately, since it was New Year’s Eve we were able to go home early. So, I was home by 2:00ish, managed to function somewhat until around 7:00 and then crashed again. Pitiful. I was in bed (on New Year’s Eve) by 7:00. Totally pitiful.
Anyway, I had the next day off and spent a good portion of that in bed or on the couch still feeling crappy. I did manage to get a few things done, but not even close to what I wanted. Wednesday was a moderately better day and I was able to go to work and actually make through the day. Yesterday, I had my weekly clinic visit. They want to monitor me on a weekly basis for awhile to see how this chemo is going. Well … did I have a lot of bitchin’ to do. Went through all the side effects that had developed for me. Throbbing pain in both my legs … mostly muscles. Feet hurtin’, fatigue up the yin-yang, generally feeling like I had the flu. It has not been a pleasant week.
I did ask for an infusion of fluids yesterday and immediately felt better. This tells me that I probably managed to dehydrate myself on top of it … which I’m sure didn’t aid in my recovery. I’m finally feelin’ human today, but I gotta say, I’m already kinda dreading my next chemo cocktail in two weeks. The effects of chemo tends to be accumulative and if I felt this crappy last week, what am I going to feel after the next treatment? We shall see … won’t we?
And remember to repeat after me …“YOU ARE A CANCER WARRIOR”