You are not alone - I too have been caught short as a result of too many laxatives to cure constipation. As my 29 year old son said "Dont be upset Mum, its just a symptom". Bless him.
I really feel for you all with family dependents on this site. Sending love and support.
They are obsessed with bowel movements aren't they?! That was the excuse for not giving me ondansetron, that it would make me constipated... The chemo causes things to shut down for a while for me, but I just leave well along and it sorts itself out after a few days without any intervention. Quite enough chemicals sloshing around in my body as it is!
I'm off for FEC3 today...
Hayley, thinking of you and hoping things improve soon. xx
Hi Sue sorry you have had a rubbish time. Hopefully you will get over it soon and they can give you some different laxatives next time to help you better without tipping you the other way...
Hayley I am really sorry to hear about your baby. It's bad enough we are going through all this, but when your children are sick too that must make it so much harder.
Hi girls and sorry some of you are having such a hard time, hugs to you Caz and I can so empathise with wanting my old normal back! My little grandson was born last week and they live quite far away and I am under the weather what with my chemo and other health problems. I haven't seen him yet and feel so guilty I cannot support them more as my daughter in law is unwell after the epidural.
Have had horrendous probs with constipation which resolved itself (!) today so darent leave a nearby loo for any length of time! In fact I felt so low because I had an accident this morning, ( yes pooed myself after strong laxatives!) never happened in my adult life and made me feel such a cancer patient!! At least I was at home.
I took my daughter out for lunch today and she started crying in the middle of it all saying that I was so unwell and its all becoming a bit much for me. Had a little cry this afternoon as its 9 months since my partner died of a brain haemmorrage and so feel quite sorry for myself.
Sorry to unload girls but sometimes you are all I have to be myself with,Sue x
Just found this site and thought I would join. I have a grade 3, 4mm HER2+ lump diagnosed on 9th Jan and had a SNB on 28th Jan. The 5 nodes were all clear. I started chemo - AC-T on 4th Feb - am having them 3 weeks apart for 4 weeks and then go on to Taxol for the next four. I have had 3 lots now and so far I am being lucky. I had horrid headaches for round 1 - but then they changed something and I haven't had headaches any since. I take Onasatron (sp?) for 3 days post chemo and this has prevented sickness, but given me hellish constipation. Balancing my bowels is tricky and Laxido (from my GP) is my faithful friend. It can work a bit too well - if you get my meaning.
2 weeks after my first chemo about 90% of my hair came out and I found it so tickly and unpleasant that my lovely partner Jane clippered it off. Two days later my sister carefully and calmly shaved my head using ordinary Bic disposable razors. This worked well and she has done it once since then. The bristles that work like velcro on the pillow and stop me turning over in bed need to be kept away. I guess it must still be growing back a bit or I wouldn't have these bristles.
Keep positive everyone - Jilly
Hi Hayley, of course you must offload here, and you are far from useless girl! I still think you are a star caring so well for your kids and having such a hard time in hopital following your chemo. You try and take care of you as much as you can and perhaps consider letting Andy's parents come home to help?? Hope all goes well for your baby boy, Sue x
I am really glad I had the wig (wore it to a supplier meeting with someone I didn't feel needed to know about my cancer as I only see them once every 2 years or so) even if I never wear it again, but I have been totally happy in my lovely hats seeing freinds, going shopping etc. I haven't been in to the office this week (been working at home) and not sure yet if I will wear the wig or not next week. Going to see how I feel on the day! I wasn't a hat person before but they have really grown on me. I think it's just go with whatever makes you feel most comfortable. It might be more obvious I have cancer if I wear the hat, but most people know anyway and at least the hair will grow back.
hi new to the forums today and thought I would post here.
I started my chemo on Fri 14th (joy!). 8 cycles of chemo and then surgery to follow later in the year (which I am trying not to think about yet). It's all been a bit of a haze since Januray when I first found something wrong, but I am doing ok. Supportive family, friends and work help a lot. Just trying to keep doing what I can.
Side effects so far (I am on EC for first 4 cycles - 2 done) have been bearable. Had a port fitted now as they were unahppy with my veins. It's still a bit uncomfortable but hoping it will be worth it in the long run.
I decided against the cold cap although they really pushed it - it was freaking me out. I think it was one thing too many. I was really upset at the thought of losing my hair, but when I actually gave in and got my poor husband to shave it off last week I didnt feel too bad. I have a wig and have worn it to work, but not sure I will keep doing so - I quite like how I look with a hat now and it's a lot cooler!