Sunday, October 13, 2013
One of the things about getting chemo is that there a pattern that seems to develop during the course of the treatments.
For me, I usually have about 48 hours after each treatment that I feel pretty good. Then I go through a "crash". It usually lasts about half a day. I think the crash is brought on by the steroids that they give me immediately before each chemo (to prevent an allergic reaction to the chemo) wearing off. I've learned to recognize the signs of the crash. There are two parts: (1) physical (sudden overwhelming fatigue); and (2) emotional (depression, crying, etc).
Yesterday afternoon was my crash time for this week's chemo. It's no fun going through it. It started around 2 pm. I finally went to bed at six and slept for eleven hours. This morning, I feel much better.
Even though I know what is happening while it is going on, it is still hard. I think the emotional part is the harder of the two components. I just seem to go to a very dark place and have a tough time getting out. This week was harder than it has been for the past few weeks. The oncology nurse told me that they changed their protocols last week for everyone getting my type of chemo and increased the dosage of the steroids by about 50% . I'm guessing that is what made the crash harder this week.
Hopefully, next week, I'll be a bit better prepared for it. Next time, I think I might just go straight to bed and try to go to sleep the minute I feel it coming on.
Sleep seems to be the best cure for the crash!
Other than the weekly crash...things seem to be going pretty good. We have plans for fun things to do for the next three days that won't wear me out. Today, I'm going to lunch with some girl friends. Tomorrow, we are going to take a short road trip to visit my brother and his wonderful wife. Tuesday, we are taking our first ballroom dancing class at the local senior center. Then, it will be Wednesday and time for chemo again.
I'm glad to be done with the crash for the week and on to the fun stuff!
Life is good (at least not when I'm crashing).