Received 1st round of Chemo on the 14th June, Oncologist booked me in for a stay at the Hospital for observation overnight. The Chemo ward at Mercy Private was not what I expected, there was around 8-10 recliners, and there was 2 other people receiving treatment. It was much smaller than I thought, and was glad that for my first time, it wasn't busy. The ward staff are fantastic, and put me to ease with their supportive and caring manners.
Side effects of the AC for me:
Foggy brain for 24 hours, constipation, eyes stinging a little bit, cracked lips, smell of the chemicals coming out of my body for 2-3 days, a little nausea.
All of these symptoms were treatable, and I also found keeping fluids with Ginger helped keep the nausea right at bay. Paw paw ointment for lips, drops for your eyes, and LOTS of fibre & Coloxyl Senna....can't stress enough to keep drinking water. It seems to me that when I didn't have enough fluids in a day, I felt more fatigued than normal. The arrowroot biscuits DO work, thanks Michelle :-) Dry Ginger Ale, and Ginger tea/ cordial works especially well for nausea.
I shaved my head before my hair fell out, the lovely owner of Waks Wigs took me next door to a new salon, and the owner Michael, shaved it all off, gave my nude nut a lovely wash and massage, and then trimmed and styled my lovely new wig. Can't believe how LIBERATING it is to shave your hair. I can't stop touching my head, LOL. Am delighted at not having to wash, dry and straighten the humongous mane of hair I had, let alone sit in a hairdressers chair for 3 hours to get it coloured etc.
The tall, patient one ( hubby) is worried that if it all grows back ok, that I'll keep it short, the jury is out on that decision at the moment :-)~
Blood test back today, and white cells are very low, so next Chemo on the 5th July will be followed up with a self administered injection of Neulasta. Am a bit worried about the pain that seems to follow that.
Have also been so full of energy the last week, feel like a human pinball, not at all what I thought Chemo would do. Driving Miss P (daughter) and Hubby mad, and cleaning like crazy. Hilarious, but I am relentless. I know it's the 'roids', that also drives moments of incredible hunger. LOL . I have removed any potential crap foods from the house so I can't binge! So I load up on a cup of tea, and then a glass of water to try to tame the beast, and it generally works....except once, when I found a few mint slice biscuits....yummmo!
Has anyone else felt the drive needed to be 'isolated' from everyone to get through Chemo? Thankfully I discussed this with the Oncologist, and she has kicked me back into reality, and told me to get out more. I seemed quite prepared to be working from home, and rarely going out. Really not a good idea, but I just got so paranoid about catching an illness given it's bug central in Melbourne with our Winter deep upon us.