Friday, July 11, 2014

It's what you don't expect....

I had the best intentions in doing this blog at least once, it not twice a week. Well, that didn't work as planned.

I had a rough time with my first chemo treatment. Headache, sick to my stomach and extremely dehydrated. I spent most of the time in bed with a "don't bother me, don't even come near me" attitude.

The AZoncology center added a midweek hydration appointment and added another medication to the anti-nausea regimen. These actions helped; now I have another problem. The nausea medicine impairs my thinking. I can't think of the last word in my sentences, numbers get reversed, and my thought processes have s-l-o-o-o w-e-d. This side-effect freaks me the most. I described it to the doctor yesterday as jogging on land versus jogging in a pool in chest-deep water.

Okay, what else have I forgotten to share......

The MRI showed the size of the tumor to be just into the Stage 3 cancer range, 4.3cm. The treatment plan is radiation five days a week for eight weeks; and chemo of 170mg of cistplatin (changed to 140mg yesterday due to all the side effect problems I had) on day 1, day 22, and day 43. After the treatment plan is complete we have to wait 30 to 60 days before I can have another PETscan to see if all the cancer is gone.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Holly! I have been checking your blog almost daily to see how you are doing. It sounds like it is rough going right now... I'm sorry for that. All of us at work are thinking of you and sending positive energy your way. We miss you, too. -- Ann