A year ago today I had my first chemo infusion. Little did I know that day what my year would be like. It’s a little surreal to think about all that’s happened.
After last week’s infusion, I stopped to talk to a young woman who was just starting her chemo treatments. She and her family had a lot of questions, which I hope I was able to answer. What I found interesting was that I’ve actually forgotten the names of my chemo drugs, except for Taxotere, Perjeta and Herceptin. I had to look them up to remember what I got and when. Honestly, I don’t think I’d wish chemo on my worst enemy. And I don’t think I had it as bad as some folks.
It’s been a while since my last post! The holidays were nice; my whole family was able to gather for Christmas Eve. Our dryer broke (it’s okay, it was over 25 years old) so we ordered a new one, but that meant cleaning out a path in the garage so it could be delivered and installed. That took up much of what free time we had over the holidays. And then we left for Anaheim and the Rose Bowl – a little vacation with friends. We went to California Great Adventure, Disneyland, and, of course, the Rose Bowl, where my beloved Cardinal destroyed the Iowa Hawkeyes to win its 2nd Rose Bowl in 4 years. We drove back on the 3rd, and when we got home, I was feeling off. I thought it was just the busy vacation. I took the morning off and then headed for chemo on the 4th. I was running a little fever, 99.1 degrees. Well, that was just a precursor to the worst flu I’ve had in years. I got a flu shot, but apparently it wasn’t very effective this year. With all the people at Disneyland/Great Adventure and the Rose Bowl, I’m sure I picked up the flu bug there. I had a fever of 103.3 for a night, and over 101 for several days. And then I got a cough which I still have, although it’s getting much better. Not the way I wanted to start 2016!
When I was finally able to go to work, it was to unpack my office – my staff and I moved locations while I was home sick. I’m finally starting to feel settled at work, and we love our new space.
At my appointment with Dr. P last week, I asked her if taking Vitamin D would help with my muscle aches. I also asked if I should contact my PCP about switching out one of my high blood pressure meds, as was suggested by Dr. S’s consult with the nephrology doctors, to help with my low magnesium. So now I’m taking Vitamin D and I’ve changed one of my meds. This week I’ve had my usual bout of diarrhea. I also had a terrible headache on Monday, and I’ve had terrible muscle aches. I know the Vitamin D, if it’s going to help, will take a few weeks to kick in. But I decided to look up the side effects of Herceptin again, because I’ve obviously forgotten. First 3 side effects? Diarrhea, headache, muscle aches! So I guess this will continue until at least May. I think I’ll take Imodium every night for a week after my next infusion to see if that helps with the diarrhea; I can take Advil for headaches and I’ll hope the Vitamin D helps with the muscle aches (Advil helps with that).
Here’s to 2016!