Thursday, 20 August 2009

Chemo Round 7 Day 8

What a week. Started going downhill Sunday really so it has been bed sofa and unavoidable trip to supermarket and post office so far. I feel so tired and I appreciate it is accumulative. My bum is really sore and I am struggling with doing anything other then resting, making food, resting and getting upset about clearing up! Holly's at her dad's this week so cabin fever isn't pleasant.
I can't seem to find banana flavour complan and strawberry is getting on my nerves abit but am drinking it as my appetite isn't great. Had a bit of a turn on Wednesday morning, came over all cold and sweaty and had to lie down. When I felt confident in standing up it was check I had turned off cooker as I had been making my porridge, unlock front door, grab phone and blue book with phone numbers and thermometer, in that order. During this time my sister in law Sandy called and I burst into tears. I would have thought that by round 7 I shouldn't experience new side effects and feeling vunerable was quite shaken by it. I phoned the Beacon Centre (our local cancer day unit) to share this new experience with them. As my temperature was ok I was doing everything right. Lying down and resting till it passed over. To avoid a posse from tearing down the M5 from Worcs I did call my friend Laura who came round and sat with me till I felt calmer, well longer then that really - Thank you Laura.
My temperature started creeping up last night so a call to Ward 9 to confirm I could take paracetamol with my other drugs I had taken was made. I decided not to take a z tab to sleep as I wanted to check my temperature again. I managed to get off to sleep and even though I woke up every 2 hours or so I was able to go back to sleep without struggling. This carried on right through to around midday today so feeling quite chuffed.
Feeling quite tearful and sorry for scaring you Phillipa but thank you and to Caroline for popping round.
I am really excited about our camping holiday in North Devon which starts Saturday with my sister, brother and their families. I am sure fresh sea air and more rest will help and I can always stay in bed all day there as well as I can here :-)

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Chemo Round 7 Day 1 Penultimate session !!!

How Cool is that I feel fab !!!Only one more session left and they cannot surprise me with any more !!!! Have to share a poem my friend Caroline sent me to keep my positivity up - Chemo is fab, chemo is fantastic. Sometimes it feels bad, sometimes drastic, however that little blighter will soon be gone and you will hear me singing this song, Chemo is fab, chemo is fantastic, "Bring it on", "Bring it on".
I know it hasn't been brilliant I have 6 weeks + before starting to feel better but with Cruella shrinking as well I can honestly say,"Aint been brilliant, it's not nice or pleasant in any way but has all been manageable". Thanks Daria and everyone else for your wonderful comments either by email, text, phone, facebook, face to face, cards, posters and presents. I cannot explain how or why but it all helps in my dark moments and I don't feel so alone.
Have managed a few days work as well which makes me feel useful but I'm not overdoing it but it is good seeing everyone and getting out for a few hours.
Some really good news today, my brother Colin emailed and he has had the ok to join us on our camping holiday in North Devon in 2weeks time and he's got onto the same camp site as us. I'm not sure who's more excited me, him or Holly, rr haven't spoken to Kerian yet :-)
Well still to get some complan in for next week. Drinking lots of water as my throat is dry but ready for next weeks rest..... 3 weeks to go before my last chemo session hooray !!!

Friday, 7 August 2009

Chemo Round 6 Day 16 - Cruella is still shrinking !!!

I have had confirmed that Cruella has now shrunk from 21mm at the last ultrasound scan to 15mm. Way to go hey. I am pleased only 2 more chemo sessions to go starting next Wednesday. It is overshadowed by me having an Anal Fissure (tear) which is the cause of great discomfort and I am endeavoring to do all things associated with softening the contents of my bowel. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It worked this morning so I am relieved.

I have been into work for a few hours Wednesday, few more on Thursday and going in this afternoon after my reflexology. Nothing strenuous, shredding and answering calls on reception. Enjoyed my time spent there and felt useful.

Feeling tired, (No change there) mouth getting back to normal which is a relief, all ready for next weeks chemo ....