chemo, round 2

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Well, here I sit, and I survived the first (and arguably worst) round of chemo. Yay-go me! I was beginning to wonder, shortly after treatment #4, when I made the mistake of going out in public (grocery store) for an ever so brief trip...and obviously caught a cold. OMG...thought I was going to die? Yes, yes I did think that. I survived, though, and with the new found determination to wear a face mask EVERY time I go into public. And to avoid going into public if at all possible in the first place!

I've now had treatment #1 of round 2. Hard to say how I feel about it yet. I'm having a little nausea - not bad, but some. Food taste seems to be changing more for this round than last. I was STARVING for the first couple of days after treatment - hopefully that had more to do with the mega dose of steroids I had to take prior to the first treatment. Had a horrible case of constipation. Dealing with some other weird symptoms that didn't haunt me during round 1. Maybe they will go away. Fatigue, yes-ever present fatigue.

I'm afraid that the fatigue may be the worst part of this round, and I'm specifically afraid that it will get to the point of being worse than during round one. And it was pretty bad in round one. Nothing to do but forge ahead and see, though. This isn't a journey where you have the option to quit before it's over!

On the good news front, it's a new leave year at work, so I got my yearly supply of sick and personal leave. I was still working when possible through the first round of chemo, and I ended up taking my annual leave dangerously close to zero. Feels good to have two weeks of sick and one week of personal to draw on now. I'll still have to be careful in metering it out, but at least I have some breathing room.

I'm forging ahead, still trying to work as much as possible. Not sure how long that will last, but I'm trying to put off going out on disability for as long as possible. I can do disability safely for 6 months, but it gets scary if you have to extend past 6 months as your job is no longer secure at that point. I don't think anyone wants to get rid of me, but better safe than sorry, as they say.

I had been hoping that I'd be able to continue with exercise during this time, but I really haven't done much. I know it looks like I am, since I linked my fitbit to spark, but that actually records every single step you take. Been a while since I went on a walk just for the sake of walking for exercise, rather than going to the bathroom, running an errand, etc. Maybe I can consider some actual exercise once this brutal cold snap leaves. We'll see.

One treatment down in round 2, 11 to go. I think it's going to be a long, tired winter. Come on spring!
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