Just a few days now until chemo 6. Off to Clevedon tomorrow for my final bloods. It's been so great being able to stay pretty local for PICC line care & blood tests. The staff are all completely lovely & it will feel odd not going there once a week! Wish I could say I … Continue reading Chemo end in sight
This recovery is taking so long - much longer than any of the previous chemo sessions. I was warned beforehand that it's a harder recovery, and as the effects must be cumulative they have felt even worse. My hands & feet are really sore - buttons are almost impossible to manage, and I've had huge … Continue reading It gets tougher
That may well be a slightly misleading title - basically I just don't seem to be able to do it! Yet another night with no sleep & constant, intense aching & pain. I'm taking so much ibuprofen & paracetamol that I'm losing count, but it barely seems to touch it. Getting up & down stairs … Continue reading Managing docataxel pain
This is hard. Pain is a very strange thing. When it's with you it's intense & horrible, and yet it does fade, and the memory of how it feels fades with it. I'm now back in the aches & pains & it feels just like last time in many ways, but I also know that … Continue reading And a couple of days on….
Been generally feeling pretty good, although brain buzzing last night meant I didn't get much sleep (presumably the steroids are the main culprit here). Managed to get all my usual Saturday jobs done - a little shopping, housework etc & then sat down after lunch & irritatingly slept all afternoon! First jab of this session … Continue reading Chemo 5 + 1
5th session completed today- really do feel like I'm almost there! All seemed to go very smoothly with no hint of any reaction again. Do feel very tired, but I did have an almost full day in work before going in this time. I'm hoping the after effects pattern is also similar so I can … Continue reading Chemo 5
Had my next oncology appointment today. Turns out the finger & toenail tingling is actually nerve damage in action, so my next chemo dose has been reduced by 10%. Bit scary. I have been given a typists footstool in work, which has helped take some pressure off my feet & stops me sitting quite so … Continue reading Chemo 4 follow-up
Back to work after a week away again - didn't think I'd make it quite to quickly this time, but glad to get back to some kind of normal. Side effects have continued to be very different this time. Had a massive nose bleed yesterday, but perhaps that was just coincidence! The main thing I'm … Continue reading After chemo 4
There I was, thinking I'd actually got off really lightly from the effects of chemo 4 - duh! I suppose there's always a part of us perhaps that thinks it can't be doing anything if there aren't side effects, so there's a weird combination of needing to feel well, but also wanting to know that … Continue reading Docetaxel effects
The day before having the first 't' part was steroid day. No chance of cutting these down or out, as they are intended to minimise the possibility of an allergic reaction. However, a nurse had suggested taking these in yoghurt, as they are horrible little buggers to swallow - but I have to say the … Continue reading Chemo 4 – weird!