Because of or despite my mobility issues, I already had a routine established. I can get out of bed without help, visit the bathroom, fix my breakfast, gather water and lunch type snacks and then settle into my ‘spot’ in the living room to spend the day. I blog, read blogs, watch tv, play Yahtzee or solitaire or Big Farm, make jewelry or make rosaries. I usually have a nap during the day and do my daily leg exercises etc. Hubby gets home from work in the late afternoon and fixes supper and I spend the evening with my daughter/part-time caregiver.
Now that I am visiting the Cancer Center on a daily basis, my schedule has changed. I go for radiation treatments Monday through Friday. I have chemo every Tuesday. Now that I am forced to be out, I have visited the bead section of Hobby Lobby, had lunch at the Tri-State Fair and worn myself out.
Added to that is the normal for everyone adjustment to how your body is affected by the radiation and the treatments. The first week, 3 days after chemo is when I started experiencing discomfort, nausea, some bowel irritation etc. and didn’t know if it was treatment related or my normal once-in-awhile time to drink/eat probiotics. I had extreme nausea for almost 3 days until I went back the next week and got more drugs.
After the second week of treatments, I once again spent the weekend with nausea and extreme gurgling and gas pains roiling around until it exploded in a bit of excitement for me. But the extreme gas pains was the worst and very painful. Spent 2 days like that and got better with diarrhea meds and anti nausea meds.
I am seeing that it is the little problems that can wear you down. It isn’t even that you are now living with the Big C. That seems so foreign and so abstract, it doesn’t seem real and doesn’t seem to touch me yet, except I get radiation 5 days a week and chemo once a week. It is an odd situation.
Besides that, there are sometimes unexpected mood swings, all typical in a woman’s normal existance, except I am many years past menopause so it was a surprise. Then there is fatigue, but I am getting out every day now when before I didn’t, so is it treatment-related yet? or just exertion? Hard to differentiate.
I only have 3 or 4 more weeks of treatment unless things change, so I guess we will see what happens and how things progress. So far, it is exciting not to be throwing up. If I can stay out of the bathroom as well, it will be all good. Till next time…