Chemo morning turned into chemo day. Normally, I’m there from 9:00 am until around 12:30 or 1:00 pm. Yesterday, we got out closer to 3:00 pm. Every other week we take blood tests to determine if all is good for chemo. All the chemo nurses were so busy, it just took a little more time. Cancer is quite popular. When I go in the morning, the big room with chairs is full, and most of the side rooms are full as well; sometimes I have to wait for a room. Marvin got me a scarf that is gold and purple diamonds. I am wearing it as I write.
Today my face is swollen but not red as it has been previously from the Decadron. Usually, it dissipates after a couple of days. I also have constipation two or three days after, and then the diarrhea returns for the remainder of time. I guess that all balances out. I just take Murilax for the three days I’m stopped up, including the morning of the day of chemo. For the diarrhea I just pay attention to what I eat and lay off the fiber.
The dizziness I’d been having frequently seems to have diminished. I had no episodes for the last two days. This is a bit of a relief. I’ve also had a change in my blood pressure medicine: none now with only monitoring. Maybe it was BP changes that was causing the dizziness. I just read, happily, that dizziness is a symptom of anemia, which I have. Yesterday, I had a lower count than the last reading, so maybe that’s what’s causing the dizziness. I like that better than the other dreaded possibility.
Recently, the New York Times ran an article on a recent study at the University of Rochester (see my link) showing the effectiveness of ginger as an anti-nausea remedy. With 644 particpants the study showed up to a 45-decrease in symptoms. See the article for details. It sure beats having to take the drugs, which make me really groggy. I have been keeping my Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Snaps handy, and I swear that they really work. Maybe it’s because they contain three forms of pure ginger. It doesn’t hurt that they taste great, too, and are a bit softer in texture than many of the other ginger snaps.
My other symptoms are about the same. The bone pain moves around a lot, it seems, and varies in intensity. For a few nights I had none. I liked it. The lining of my nose, on the other hand, seems to be sloughing. Yuck. I don’t get a real nose bleed, but the lining bleeds, scabs over and then bleeds more when I blow my nose. It makes me self conscious. Fatigue has been really hitting me big time. When I went to the office Thursday, starting at 6:30 am, I was fine and had a great morning, in fact. By the time I left at nearly 5:00 pm, I was exhausted. After getting a bite to eat I fell asleep around 7:30 and didn’t awake until around 11:00 pm when Marvin said, Wake up, time to go to bed. Friday I woke up tired, too. I’m a bit anemic, and fatigue is a symptom of that. I can feel it in my stamina and in walking up to our third floor.
Otherwise, I am doing well. Got a new cap to keep my bald head warm. I have been wearing my scarves and my cap as I have been abnormally cold lately, and keeping my head covered helps contain the heat. Still don’t do wigs.
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