Friday, May 22, 2009

A Little Update

I just thought I'd post a little update on the treatment end of this journey.

I have been taking mega doses of iron for over a week now and am starting to look more like Popeye than Olive Oil. We still haven't figured out how to cook the liver and onions without smelling up the house, but truthfully neither of us has tried very hard.

I think after 4 cycles of this new chemotherapy I've got my week figured out.

Tuesday - receive chemo and steroids, mild manageable nausea, sleepiness from IV benadryl.

Tuesday night - awake all night from steroids

Wednesday - mild nausea, bouncing off the walls from the steroids.

Thursday - start of bone pain, feeling as though I've been hit by a car.

Friday - bone pain all over (even jaw bones), numbness and tingling in my head, hands and feet, feeling as though I've been hit by an Amtrak.

Saturday - Fatigue, bone pain and mental fog

Sunday - tiredness but starting to feel better

Monday - work

Tuesday - start all over.

I really don't say all this to complain for I have found some definite advantages!

Before chemo, there were lots of times I couldn't think of what day of the week it was. Now, I can just figure it out by my symptoms.

Being fatigued is a good excuse for drinking Mountain Dew.

We now receive frequent shopper discounts on Advil.

Wednesday is the best day of the week for me to be wired.

Now, I have an excuse for falling asleep in the middle of the day, or not being able to find my keys or remember names or forgetting what I went to the kitchen for.

Romans 8:28 tells us that "All things work together for good for those who love Him." And I believe that there is something good in every single thing we go through, sometimes we just have to look a little harder to find it.


  1. Cute post ... please do keep sharing your side effects and please don't consider it complaining.

    I think you help people by letting them know what you are experiencing ... and you do it in a humorous way ... that is a bonus.

  2. Your post brought back all the memories of my chemo routine!!! I think even my dog had it all figured out. I remember those sleepless nights, aching bones, and my jaw aching, etc. And just when you feel a little better, another dose!!!! By the time it was all over, I had forgotten what it felt like to be REALLY normal!

    It will be over soon, and you can quit eating liver and spinach!


  3. I think I should try to come up with a recipe that involves liver, Ritz crackers, and grapefruit for you! ;)

  4. Hey. Thank you for visiting my blog :-)
    I hope all goes well for you... chemo stinks!!! I've just been writing about it in my blog!

    stay strong girlie xxx

  5. too cute, keep that sense of humor my girlfriend


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