Chemo #2

Chemo #2 was on Friday and it went by much faster than the first. Saw Dr. O who noted that my largest tumor (aka my 3rd boob growing in my armpit) had shrunk dramatically and that the supraclavical node that sent me to the doctor in the first place had also shrunk. I’ve been too afraid to really poke around to see.

I was in the chair by 10 and out by 1PM, when Sue took me home. A huge thank you to all of my old research colleagues- I LOVE the blender and it’s super helpful for making smoothies (which is a big thing since my nutritionist doesn’t think I’m getting enough protein). I’m very touched by your card and feel so grateful to have you all still looking out for me!

My weekend actually wasn’t awful. I was getting over a cold but some serious neti pot flushing seemed to kick it’s butt.

Neti pot nasal irrigation aka self-waterboarding

For those of you not in the know, a neti pot is a handy little device for flushing out your sinuses. It helps clear everything up as well as flushes out any allergens. Only downside is you have to plus the spout up your nostril and get used to the sensation of water flowing through your nasal cavity and out the other side.

That said, not that bad. I’d take it over decongestants any day and it’s perfectly safe to use any time of day with pretty much any medical conditions. No need to worry about medications not mixing. I very much recommend it!

 

So Sunday I was pleasantly awake and feeling ok- no horrible aches and fatigue like last chemo. Then I woke up this morning and felt like someone had poisoned me. So much stomach pain, and then the vomiting. Ugh. I keep saying that the one side effect from chemo that I can’t handle is vomiting. Yeah. It was gross.

I swapped my anti-nausea meds from compazine to zofran and that seemed to take care of it after a few hours. The thing with these meds is once you are already nauseous, it’s an uphill battle.
At least it seems to be over now. This week is a big one for work and I want to be tip top for it! It’s finally the inauguration of President Fred Lawrence who, if you have been hiding under a rock for the past 6 months- is pretty much my favorite person ever. Alumni are coming from all over the country to celebrate. It’s going to be a blast.

And have I mentioned the Bruins-Thrashers game on Saturday? My two favorite teams beating the CRAP out of each other! It’s going to be a blast.

 

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4 comments on “Chemo #2
  1. Roselvr says:

    Ask your chemo team if there is a nausea med specific to that chemo. My hub had cisplatin; they gave him emend for a few days after chemo which really helped. We also found that he had to take the zofran & compazine even if he wasn’t nauseous; because it helped more with keeping the medication in his body. I remember one worked better if you actually throw up or have dry heaves.

    • aemorse says:

      The compazine and zofran both were what was prescribed. When I called, they mentioned possibly taking emend but those come to something like $100 a pill so they refrain from prescribing it unless absolutely necessary. I’m hoping yesterday was just a fluke and not something that will continue getting worse. I take the pills for at least 5 days after chemo regardless of how I feel. Thanks for the advice!

  2. Carol Trusty says:

    Allie,

    I am so happy that this chemo seemed to be a little less stressful! You are in my prayers and I often think of you! Wish I was closer to you and I would bring you some home-made chicken soup! Keep a smile on your face and love in your heart and you can beat this!

    I love you,

    Mrs. Trusty

  3. Sue says:

    Hoping those protein powders I sent are proving to be useful. I got a few more in the mail the other day… fruity ones, I think, if you are interested!

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