So how have I been doing? I think pretty well so far. I am 5 days from the start of my first treatment, in that I had treatment 5 days ago. If you take the time to look back through the archives of my blog you will see that I struggled with side effects from day 1 of chemo last time. This time I am grateful to not be on Oxaliplatinum. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great drug and does wonderful things. But it just didn’t agree with my body. It caused serious neuropathy. The cold sensitivity was terrible. Lots of other side effects. But I barreled through 6 months of it.
This time however, I am not on the drug. This time I am on other stuff (sorry I forget what they are as I have only seen them once so far). I know I am on 5FU again for a 46 hour infusion but that I can handle, been there done that.
So this time. What have I had in the way of side effects. A little indigestion. Back on zantac again. Easy problem solved. Of course I am tired. Day 3 and Day 4 were the worst, as was par for me last time. So I am trying to listen to my body and sleep when I need it. I am trying to keep healthy food going in so my body has energy to heal. My tongue is feeling a bit off and I am looking into that, but I can’t see any sores.
So overall I am truly blessed this time around. So incredibly blessed. Granted I would prefer to not need to do this at all. Sure I would love for everything to disappear but that isn’t the path ahead of me. So right now I have to take the path God has given me. So right now I have to keep walking forward and doing the best with what I have.
I am trying to keep things simple for my day to day life. One step I have taken is disposable plates and bowls. It means less dishes for me. Less work for me. Sure I am an environmentalist but for now this will help with my day to day life.
Also I have ordered a robotic vacuum. The house I am in does not have much carpet and my dog never stops shedding. So here’s one less thing I need to do on a regular basis. I can schedule this little guy and he will do the work. Hopefully it is that easy…. Well one can hope. Just anything to make life a little bit easier when I am dealing with treatment times.
If anyone can think of anything else to help with managing the day to days, please let me know. I am all about making life as easy as possible right now. Gotta conserve my energy so I can get back up on that horse. I miss my Dill. So I need energy for that!