Tomorrow will be one week since my first treatment. Up until yesterday, I thought this wasn't going to be too bad. I guess I was being a little naive for thinking I was going to escape without any major side effects. I was anticipating being "sick" over the weekend and so when I made it through that, I felt like I was home free. I was wrong. Out of the blue it hit me. I think one of the worse side effects for me is the bone pain. I had felt a little uncomfortable for a few days, but nothing a good ol Lortab wouldn't take care of. Then the pain was instantly unbearable, and just bearable with a Lortab. I felt like my legs and hips were going to shatter. Then came the nausea. Not a great combination. Today, after a good nap and some meds, I am feeling much better. The nurse called to see how I was feeling and she recommended keeping a journal since chemotherapy kind of follows a pattern. This way I will be able to anticipate certain symptons and be able to get the meds in sooner. So here is the last week:
Thursday - 1st treatment. Came home and slept most of the day because of all of the Benedryl.
Friday - Flushed and a little dizzy. Went in for my Neulasta shot.
Saturday - Feeling pretty good. A little achey
Sunday - Feeling pretty good. A little achey
Monday - Woke up with a sore, swollen throat. Felt like I had the flu.
Tuesday - Throat felt a little better. A little achey. By Tuesday late afternoon I could barely walk. Extreme pain in my back, legs and hips. Felt like electrical shocks going throughout my body. Lortab did not help that much. Tried to sleep it off and took a Claritin which I think helped my bones. I know that makes no sense, but the nurses said sometimes it helps and I think it did. During the night, around 3:00 am got really nauseous. Yuck! Went and took an anti-nausea pill and it helped get me through the rest of the night.
Wednesday - Felt much better as far as my bones, just weak and a lack of appetite. We'll see what tonight brings.
Tomorrow I go in for my one week check. This is where they will do blood tests and make sure all of my counts are good. I (think) I should start feeling better now until my next treatment.