It’s Thursday, June 4th and I am 7 days into my third chemo cycle. I’m really tired even though I have slept 13 hours the past 2 nights. The pads of my hands and feet burn and ache making it difficult to walk and open things. I soak them nightly in epsom salt and find I am slathering on the many lotions and creams I have several times a day then cover with socks and gloves. My gums are really taking a beating too. If Nikki, my hygenist, were to check my ‘pockets’ they’d all be 4’s. I swish with baking soda and salt as much as possible, brushing with my baby toothbrush and flossing to help with the soreness. These rituals seem to help…. but a percocet helps more! LOL 🙂
In all seriousness, these are just side a effects that must be managed and I’m doing the best I can. Fortunately, my week off chemo is soon and my body gets a much needed break.
Here’s a picture of the pills I ingest daily. I usually get this ready in the morning and just take what I’m supposed to when it’s time.
Some funny things that I have experienced during chemo is the odd cravings I get. I’m not a soda person but want Root Beer all of the time and only fancy root beer will do. Yesterday I wanted Beets and Hearts of Palm. A couple weeks ago all I wanted was garlic fries. Unfortunately, water tastes like metal unless there’s some kind of fruit in it. Always an adventure on chemo!
Last Saturday, before the chemo effects started I was able to attend Reno’s chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. This was my first time attending and it was truly inspirational! I only hope I supported my chapter and The Cancer Action Network (CAN) in a positive way and look forward to working together in the future.
One more thing – just got my short term disability letter and it’s approved!!!!
I’m going out tonight to Hunsberger’s wine show! I’ll be the one sitting with what looks like wine and is actually cranberry juice! Everyone will be so drunk they won’t know the difference! HAHA!
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth