I've made it through chemo #3 on December 26th, and tomorrow is chemo #4. This marks the half way point and the completion of the A/C phase of chemo. For #5-#8 I will be getting a drug called Taxol. It's supposed to be easier than the drugs that I am currently getting and should not cause the nausea that has been so difficult.
I never really talked about chemo #3 because right after I get a chemo treatment just thinking about it makes me feel sick. It's amazing what a powerful tool your mind is! The smells of the chemo room make me feel yucky too. I commented on the smell last time and both my mom and my friend said they don't smell anything. It smells like alcohol and I don't know what else. Using hand sanitizer for at least the first week after chemo grosses me out because of the alcohol smell. It's crazy. I also am supposed to have something cold in my mouth when they administer one of the drugs. The first time I sucked on an otter pop. The last two times I have chewed on ice, but now even the thought of it makes me queasy. So tomorrow I've ordered a vanilla milkshake. :) The worst part about the whole thing is actually the flush they use when setting an IV line in my port. As they flush the line I get a metallic taste in my mouth. They have to do this a few times during the course of my chemo day and just thinking about it afterwards can make me gag. Yuck!
Usually the first week after chemo I can hardly think about having to do it again, it seems very overwhelming. When I get to the point where I'm at now (the end of 2 weeks), I'm feeling normal again and although I dread going through it again I at least feel able to do it. I'm really hopeful that the final 4 treatments will be easier.
Overall round #3 wasn't too bad for me. I work a few hours in the morning before going to chemo, and then work 2 half days to finish off the week. That lets me take a nap in the afternoon before going to bed around 7pm. By Sunday I am done taking all of the medications that I have to take post chemo and by Monday I go back to work full time. I'm normally fairly tired my first couple of full days at work but as the week goes on I improve. My appetite normally returns around day 5 or 6 and then things really start getting better.
A lady from church made me an awesome paper chain to count down the weeks on. After tomorrow I am down to my final 8 weeks! 8 weeks until my final chemo treatment and a happy healthy life. I can't wait!!!
|Tarra and I, Round 2|
|Kellie and I, Round 3|