If I had to pick a winner this round, I’d say me: 1; Cancer: 0. The chemo hasn’t been easy, but round one was much easier than I thought it would be.
The most surprising thing has been the new side effects that seem to come everyday. It’s not just a standard set of side effects that peak and then go away (naive me thought it would work that way). Instead, as some go away, others show up. That feels strange to me but since none have been too terrible, I’m not complaining.
Today’s new side effect is constant thirst. I’ve had no less than 40 glasses of water today and I feel like I’ve drank nothing but straight up salt. Hands and feet slightly swollen like I NEED to drink water. So I keep drinking. And drinking. And drinking.
I still have all my hair but I can tell that is just a matter of days if not hours before it’s coming out. Headache, weird tingling, buzzing feeling all over my scalp. It’s not tender yet but I can just tell it’s coming. I thought it would happen on day 12 like many people on my regimen, but I guess it’s hanging on a few more days. Today is day 14 for me. Few people make it very far past second treatment with hair. So it’s coming soon.
I can only hope and pray that my second round will be as good as my first round and I won’t experience any NEW side effects. I also pray that I won’t get neutropenia again – I want the chemo to work but spare me some white blood cells please so I can stay off antibiotics (which I’m blaming for the nausea I experienced on the exact same 5 days I took the meds).
Thanks for everyone’s support, prayers and well wishes. Bring on Round Two (which is in the morning by the way)!