Well, it's been awhile! This second round of chemo was tough, but not awfully so. In some ways, the first round was rougher because I was still dealing with the pain of the biopsy and recovering from the new port a cath procedure. The doctor had warned us round 2 might be rougher, because most of my doses went up by 20%. The main problem I had was nausea, like I had never experienced before. I've already mentioned (and I had been warned) that nothing really tastes "right" while on chemo, partly because of the constant metallic taste in your mouth. Well, on top of that constant bad taste, I felt like I had motion sickness for days. I took the meds, and they helped enough that I didn't actually get sick, but it was a tough feeling. It would also get worse when I dealt with my phone or computer, almost like when you try to read while in a moving car. I basically gave up on electronic devices for a couple of days!
I also felt more tired, and the emotional component was a little tougher this time. I had to try harder to stay focused on the positive side of things. I kept feeling like I should do more - yet would get really tired just by trying to change my daughter's diaper, or picking up something from the floor. I had to remind myself that if the toddler says she doesn't want to hug you, it's not that she doesn't love you. This only lasted for a couple of days, but it is definitely part of getting off of the steroids. Other symptoms? The rapid heart rate I had last time is back, it seems to go on for a couple of days post chemo, just means I need to take it easy. Oh, and the dreaded all-your-muscles-hurt symptoms still happened, but I was better able to manage them with Tylenol and sleep this time.
Yesterday we went back to UCLA for the famous white blood boosting shot. They checked my blood count, and white blood cells and platelets are doing good so far. We expect the neulasta to work it's magic like last time and keep me healthy.
It seems that somewhere between Monday and Tuesday of Week 2 post chemo is when I begin to feel like myself again. Yesterday I was able to play with my daughter, and move around with her on the floor, play on the couch, etc. It was great to hear her laugh with her Mama! Today I was able to prep some of our dinner (I cut and sautéed veggies, yay), and unload and load the dishwasher! I know those seem like little things, but they are major accomplishments to me. :) Tomorrow I'll try the piano again, and maybe some walking around the neighborhood.
The good news is that next week I'm supposed to have another PET scan, to make sure that the treatment has made the cancer cells inactive. I am looking forward to having fun the week and a half I have before the next round, and can't wait to see the results of that PET scan. My husband and I are already dreaming of the vacation we're going to take when this is over. :)