wish I could have had a sofa day today...my teenage daughter had a dance comp,which i didnt want to miss,so was at that all day...very tired now,but she got a gold medal,so was worth it!
Do you feel flushed also?How are you with eating?
Not had dry skin yet,but definately looks colourful!
Hope you feeling a bit better tommorow lovely,take care
welcome to our February chemo starters thread...its a worrying time for you and another trip into the unknown....but think of it,as one step closer to be clear from all of this and getting to your goal of full health.X
We are all here for you and if you need to moan,shout or just ask something you are worried about,we can do what we can to help you or just be a virtual hug.
Im having the same chemo as you,started my first last Thursday, 3 weekly for 6 sessions.Have you got someone to go with you?I wrote everything down that I wanted to ask or had a little list of things to take,comfort really.Great the scans are clear,thats brilliant!
Take care lovely and you will be fine Tuesday.
Hey dennymac, I got told off for panadol. Its ok for now but once you hit the down cycle with immune levels it can mask a fever. So be careful. I had hideous headaches, I think from dehydration of the testing. But was told to take my temperature before I even looked at the packet. Xxx
Booo, my tummys been rotten too. Up for hours last night. I was given laxol.
Neighbours have thrash metal this morning. Double boo
Hi Rachel, pet rock is resting up.i got it at Riversdale, the beach education day my girls school had with the life guards. It was the last swim with 2 boobs... or sadly this summer as its Awesome weather.
Makes me think of hot feet burning sand and big waves, was a glorious day!
I have 4 lots of AC, then 12 packlitaxol, then radiation and a year of herceptin.
Been extremely lucky so far, but 3 day drug routine done today, so fingers crossed for the school run tomorrow
Its amazing how differant we all are, both with drugs and reactions. I like that it proves we're all unique but hate that they cant make it easy first off for all of us.
Gentle hugs lovelies. I can recommend a bath for tue steroid jangles. Xxx
Dennymac , ask for medication for the acid reflux - I take omoprozole (spelling?) everyday and it stops it. Listen to your tummy and go straight to the loo if you think you need to. My rumbles and roars something awful. lol. x
Hi Rachel, I am doing fine similar to Dennymac but all bearable. Don't like diarrhoea (can't even spell it without a dictionary) but pain in legs only a couple of days an d taste off for a couple of week. Going to take frozen pineapple next time - apparently Tesco do it ready frozen and will use vacuum soup bowl. I am now half way so am feeling doubly positive and we are going to have a couple of days away before the next zap. The nurses at my unit are really fab, never seem to stop moving poor girls. I pulled the red cord the other day and really made them run. Felt an utter fool, chemo brain beginning to come into play after 7 hours at unit. xx
Thanks marli, good idea with those wee handwarmers. Good for you with the water plan, wish we'd been told by the staff.
O strawb, thats rough.xxx
They must be able to tweak your meds to make you more comfortable. Xx
Hi Dennymac - You are the first person on the threads who I have come across who is having the same treatment as me. The subsequent treatments can take a long time because of waiting time between each drug so may be a good idea to check how long you will be there next time. They told me 3 and a half hours and I am there 7 hours (including seeing Onc).
I am really surprised at how well I am feeling as the main problem for me has been trouble with my bowels (lovely!!) but learning how to cope with that. Will you be getting Herceptin after chemo finishes. I will have another 12 treatments but these will be into my thigh by injection apparently. Good luck and hope you keep well. Marli xx
Hi Ladies, hope you do not mind me popping in from January Gemstones . Might be able to give a little moral support and information'
First , if you have tried the cold cap it is really worth keeping it up. Had 3rd session of Taxotere on Wednesday (first was on Christmas Eve) and I still have a lot of hair although it is thinning (thinning is slowing down.. I lost all of my hair when I had chemo in 2009 and was keen to try and keep it. Take paracetamol an hour before they put cap on and use a toweling headband around forehead and ears. Lots of layers, scarves and hot drinks keep me going.
Because I have had chemo before veins were rubbish and plan was a PICC which did not work then a Hickman line but this didn't happen in time for no.2 and must admit not keen. I apply microwave heat packs and keep them on till at hospital and also drank LOTS of water the day before and so far they are managing with the vein. Whooppeee! It depends on how far you are from the hospital but another ladies suggested one of those little "hot water bottle" handwarmers inside a glove.
Well done everyone you are doing so well and are so positive, even the ladies who are having problems. Keep it up ans much love to you all. Marli x
Sorry I haven't been about but I had a rotten reaction to the TAC, migraine for 3 flippin days then vomiting and stomach cramps. NOT a good start but starting to even out now, been very weepy too, suddenly feeling overwhelmed by it all. I think they may have to tweak my next dose 😄 Sending love to all of you xxx
What terrible nurses.
My arm looks like it should be in a refuge. But thats from the terrible determined to jam it in there nuclear medicine team.
The ct staff at least admitted defeat and sent me upstairs for an ultrasound to put a canulla in.
And informed me that I was allowed to say stop! Get someone else.
But who can cope with that at this point.
Im sorry youre ill.
the sheet of paper I was given has specific time frames ...the window of fingers crossed.
A good friend made me a ginger cordial syrup, ive found it more drinkable than water.
Im getting tender feet, without the shopping buzz. Boo.
Love ya ladies xxxx
Ps had a low bath, to avoid fencing/portacath scar and put Oatmeal wrapped in a chux cloth in.. delicious
I am starting chemo on 17th Feb and after frightening myself by reading all the side effects i found this discussion. Thank you all i feel like i'm not on my own now. I feel so stupid for being scared when i see how others are managing it. I'm sure it will be fine as long as i can come on here and find support