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8 weeks later... Tamoxifen update

Monday, August 03, 2020

I’m entering my 8th week taking Tamoxifen for LCIS...holy crap, a lot has happened in those 8 weeks, it’s almost surreal.

My doc said that I could experience the following side effects of the drugs by 8 weeks: mood swings, low libido, hot flashes, spotting, period disappearing completely and possible weight gain.

I don’t know if any have really hit me as hard as others since the last 8 weeks have been on the stressful side. For the first 4 weeks I dealt with changing the routine of taking the drug as part of my Spark checklist so I remembered it...that worked great. I noticed a nausea feeling if I didn’t eat, so I made it a point to take it with my morning breakfast. Whether that is still the case, I don’t know, as I rarely miss it without a meal. LoL I am tracking my food to stay on top of any weight gain trend. In fact, I am at my happy weight because of the last of alcohol and eating so well. I increased my calories to make sure I didn’t lose any more in fact.

As for my period - June 6 was the last documented one. I can’t rightly state that anything else was a traditional period...random spotting few weeks later? Maybe? But nothing since there is that.

As for mood swings....I’m grieving my fathers passing. It is super hard. I checked in with my brothers and sisters and you know what? They are having a super hard time too and all having mood swings. So my own mood swings going on? I think they are par for the course. My hubby and kids are very understanding about it all, as are my friends.

As for libido...pretty much the same as before. Whoop-dee-do emoticon

I am really trying to keep it together...there has been so many stressors introduced with Covid and my fathers passing, that it is finally hitting me hard. So many disappointments for so much and trying to be positive in the face of it all has run me dry.

Just had to write that out. It’s the truth.

I’m gearing up to get back to work. The next 8 weeks will be in preparing for a major audit at work, along with getting the hubby and kids “back to school”. Good times...

Pray for me...I am going to need it.

The saving grace in this whole thing since Covid even starting has been Spark. If I didn’t have Spark to turn to as a tool and support place, I would be completely lost.

So here is to the next 8 weeks... onward and upward!!
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