Post Chemo Session 1

So…chemotherapy. The actual session was fairly easy on me. Long, over seven hours of sitting in a chair attached to a tube dribbling toxins into me. But I tolerated it pretty well.

It was afterwards that really nailed me. As soon as I got home, I spiked a fever of 102. Tylenol brought it down to under 100; otherwise, we were looking at a trip to the ER. And since then, I’ve been incredibly drained. It’s taking all the energy I have to write this blog post. I’m a combination of incredibly exhausted and jittery. I’m not sure if the jittery is from the prednisone or the other chemo meds, but it’s a really unpleasant combination.

Also, my mouth is terribly dry. Food tastes weird…or doesn’t taste at all. But on an up note, the anti-nausea drugs appear to be doing their job. So far, no queasy. *crossing fingers*

Today is better than yesterday. And yesterday was better than the day before.

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19 Responses to Post Chemo Session 1

  1. Keep us updated, lady. You’re in my thoughts.

  2. I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Thank you for keeping us informed on how you’re doing. Thinking of you. Stay strong.

  3. Ruth DJ says:


    Hang in there.

  4. Lisa Rains says:

    Praying sweetheart I’m Scott Sandridge sister

  5. E Krock says:

    Just remember to give yourself permission to take disability leave from work if you want to. Five hours a day of lumbar puncture chemotherapy? Attila the Hun would approve your request under the circumstances. Praying that the tumor is having 10^googolplex more discomfort than you are!

  6. I’m very thankful you’re holding the nausea at bay. In my mind, that’s one of the worst (if not THE worst) side effect of chemo. I’m sorry your so exhausted, though, and I thank you for taking the time and energy to update us in spite of that. I hope you can keep up an appetite… if you think cheesecake might help, let me know. 🙂

  7. Nancy Knight says:

    All the discomfort and lack of energy you’re experiencing now will result in feeling much better in the future when that stupid thing in your head is gone. No, no…not your brain! The tumor! I hope you maintain you sense of humor through all this. Hugs.

  8. Good to see you posting. You have no idea how much I feel that I am carrying you in my heart. I am praying for you.

  9. Liz Williams says:

    Hang in there – we are all thinking of you.

  10. Chemo definitely ain’t no joke (and yes I know I wrote a double negative, lol). Hang in there. 🙂

  11. Glad to hear each day is better than the day before! 🙂 *hugs*

  12. Debbie says:

    Glad you’re feeling better and able to post. I’ve been worried about how the first session went. Thank goodness the anti-nausea medicine is working. Hang in there. Big hugs.

  13. Cynthia Holt says:

    Been following your story and I love your stories. Hang in there-thinking of you up here in the Ocean State..

  14. Erin says:

    Glad to hear the anti-nausea drugs are working. Sorry to hear the others are leaving you so drained. Keeping you in my thoughts.

  15. JMangold says:

    My father went through this recently, so I have some idea of what you are going through.
    It is a rough path ahead, but you can walk it.
    Keep your chin up and know we are all thinking of you.

  16. Terry Hickman says:

    More hugs! *hug* *hug* *hug* *hug* *hug* *hug*

    See, I wasn’t kidding.

    Hang in there, sweetie.

    I hope you had a book to read, or something to knit, or something to do during those long hours.

    Thanks for keeping us informed. You are in a lot of hearts, looks like!

  17. Amy Herring says:

    I took prednisone after a car accident last year and also felt jittery. Seems like it was in the warnings or I would have called doc. Whatever it does, it sure helped reduce pain after getting banged up! Glad you are getting better, if slowly.

  18. Hopefully if every day is better than the last day, you’ll be better than new when you’re done!

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