Sunday, June 3, 2012

Chemo Karma

It's been a couple of weeks since my last blog entry.  The main reason for the absence has been due to my health.  The secondary reason is that I dislike posting anything negative.

I made it through 5 and a half weeks intensive chemotherapy with few side effects other than nausea and cramps, and considered myself very lucky.   The radiation also caused a lot of pain that accumulated over that time, but all these things were manageable with my prescriptions.  

Then, about 2 weeks ago, just after my last chemo treatment the side-effects hit me like a truck.  I can see now why they scheduled so much time between chemo and surgery.  I can only hope the radiation and chemo have done as much harm to the cancer as I feel they've done to me.  I find it odd how well I made it through the all of the chemotherapy with so few reactions, then KABAM it all hits me afterwards.

The last week has been pretty bad.  I slept a lot.  I was unable to eat anything without becoming violently ill.  And my brain has been too fuzzy to focus much on anything.  Driving has been out of the question, and if not for the help of a couple of friends I might have just faded away.

The last few days have been a little better.  I managed to eat a little yesterday and today: a total of three bananas and a sandwich.  It's the first food in almost a week other than fruit juice and pudding I've been able to keep down.  The nausea seems to be fading a little as well as the pain in my throat.  Fingers crossed it keeps getting better.