Tomorrow morning I go for my blood work and then Wednesday I start Day Zero - meaning I start taking my Emend and Dex. And then Thursday, I go for my 3rd round of chemo.
At least I'm not scared this time like I was last time. I had an allergic reaction during my first treatment that made recuperation really rough the following week. I was worried it would happen again. But it didn't and a local cancer survivor came to sit with me while I received my chemo. It really took my mind off things and made me feel so much better.
I've learned a lot during my first two rounds that I have more ideas to try during this round to see if it helps lesson the side effects. The last time around, I tried backing off the one medication, because it gave me nasty headaches. I took enough for it to do what it needed to do, but no so much that I felt poisoned by it. That helped a lot. The biggest mistake I made this last time around was not drinking enough. And yes, I ended up with a urinary tract infection as a result. But once it started, I didn't mess around. I got a hold of my doctor, got on antibiotics immediately and starting drinking a ton of water and cranberry juice. I've made sure I've had my 8 glasses of water every day since. I'm going to try hard to continue that no matter how poorly I feel after chemo. I don't need another infection - or worse, kidney damage - just because I didn't do something I knew I was supposed to do.
The other big problem I've been having after chemo is losing 5 pounds within 4 days. I eat, but just not enough and mostly what I do eat it fresh fruit. I don't know why - it's what feels good going down during those first few days. My one friend recommended I try Ensure. I'm going to give it a try and see if it helps keeping me from losing quite so much weight. I don't know if I'm going to try to drink it with my meals or if I'm just going to keep a glass of it by my hand and sip at it all day long. I'll probably decide that however it hits me to do it when the time comes. Extra calories (and nutrient packed ones) are extra calories. If I lose 1 or 2 pounds instead of 3 or 5, I've done better. And I think it'll help lesson the effect of feeling so tired a little bit. It'll also mean less work of trying to bring my weight back up once I do start feeling better.
I'm also going to try to be just a little bit more active. I spend too much time sleeping and resting initially that I get to a point that I can't sleep at night. Then I feel tired in the morning when I have to go to work because I didn't sleep. I'm not planning anything too insane. Mostly performing my post surgery stretches for my right arm and short walks. And then when the chemo fog lifts, I'll go back to my Wii Fit and Wii Sports like I always do.
Only 3 more times after this one. And I get an extra week break before the next treatment. My son is going to camp for two weeks so I need to be well enough to drop him off and then to go back and pick him up. So I get 4 weeks before that treatment instead of 3. I have a feeling it's going to make it a little bit tougher to go the 4th treatment though. I'm going to feel so good and so far past the chemo effect that resubmitting to going through the fog again is going to be tough. I'll just have to make sure my friend can be with me again that day. After all, if I've made a date to meet someone at my treatment, I have to go, don't I?