As pointed out by Geeg we had two threads running with the same topic so I have merged both together, hope you all find this okay.
Your name is very apt to how I have felt the last couple of days, but like you am beginning to feel slightly less nauseous this evening. Mmmm mixed fresh fruit juices sounds lovely, I have added that to my shopping list thank you, I have been struggling with fluids!
I understand what you say about being a bit confused and discouraged to return to work by people, the thing is that they really do not know how they would react if they were in our position, it was the same for me, but I made the decision that I feel was right for me, like you I am no workaholic. All we can do is try it and see!
I wish you well when you go back to work but dont beat yourself up if it doesnt work out for you.
My very best wishes xx
Thank you J sol.
I am at home at the moment and i look to return to work from next week for as long as I can. I am not a workaholic but work defines me as a person and that balance in life is what i am looking for. Same as you, i have a very flexible work environment that allows me to choose my time and date , but so many people said stay at home and prioritise your health. So i felt a little bit confused and discouraged to return to work. But thank you for your reassurance, it really helps to know what other people are doing and how it worked for them. So far I am on my day 3 after chemo and the quiziness is beginning to wear off, especially after plenty of mixed fresh fruits juice, it really helped... Hope you can carry on and keep strong and soon will be all over, isn't it?
Oh, thank you Chascat. My girl is 4 too and i really don't like the idea of not being able to have fun with her. I go to soft play very often but was dreading to keep away. I suppose you're right, you got to do what you got to do and yes, sitting at home is dead boring. Is only so much you can reach fro home and all my friends and family carry on with their life, i feel so so left behind... But I don't want to risk it either so i really needed to know what everybody else have done during chemo. Thank you
Hi. Like you I had my chemo on Friday 5th but it was my second one. First time round I had it on the Thursday went to work on Friday feeling ok but felt rough as rats for a few days afterwards so took a few days off work. This time I feel the same and have therefore cleared my diary for Monday and Tuesday and hope to go back on Wednesday. I had the same response as you from the chemo nurses to the oncologist that it was my decision whether I continued working or not, they certainly didnt discourage it.
I aim to continue to work as much as I can but am also determined to listen to my body, so if I am not well I will not be going to work, work is important but your health is paramount. I am lucky in that my boss has been very supportive and is happy for me to dib in and out when I can, I have worked for him for 15 years and he knows I dont have time off unless necessary.
I was advised and have also decided that if any of my work colleagues come to work unwell i.e cough or cold then it is my responsibility to go home not theirs (day 7-14 is when we are most vulnerable I have been told).
I hope you dont suffer too many side effects over the next couple of days and also hope your plans to work work out ok for you, I must admit it has helped to keep me from feeling sorry for myself at home and given me a bit of normallity.
My very best wishes xx
I just had my first chemo session and a picc line fitted in on Friday 5th Dec. So far so good apart from the feeling of sickness and a bit drained it hasn't been too bad for me, but i'm sure is more to come.
I was just wondering if anybody managed to work and continue as normal while on chemo. Considering i don't feel too bad i'm looking to return to work asap. I work in an open office and i love my job however i don't want to risk my health over it. I've asked all the doctors I could and I get the same answer: It's up to me! So i was wondering how this goes in practice. Thanks ladies
Hi Jannie13. Well done you for completing chemo whilst working, your post is reassuring. Now that you are finished with chemo I hope things are going well for you.
Many thanks to all for your comments and advice. I can see bits of myself in all of you. At the moment my employer has/is being really supportive, but am beginning to see some signs of frustration. not when I have time off for chemo but all the other things that go with it! i.e, having PICC line flushed through and dressing changed weekly which has to be done by District Nurse who will not give me a specific appointment so it can mean waiting all afternoon, having bloods taken and oncologist appointments. I was getting quite exhausted trying to fit these appointments around work and then suddenly realised I should be fitting work around the appointments (health more important, easier said than done!).
Second chemo done today, a bit frustrating to say the least, had bloods done yesterday, only to get a call this morning to say they had mucked them up and could I go in an hour early to have bloods redone. I duly arrived at 11:30 had bloods done immediately and then the big nothing until 3pm, I am not good at waiting and was almost climbing the walls with anxiety by the time they got to me. The thing I find most frustrating is the lack of communication, if only they updated me on status it would have made so much difference. Hey ho, all done now.
I have read all of your comments to my husband Terry and he said 'what amazing ladies'.
Thank you all and I wish you all the very best with your treatments.
Hi I decided to go back to work after my first chemo cycle when I knew how it would affect me and the side effects I would suffer. For me it was the right decision as it was what I needed at the time to boost myself and try to get back to some sort of normality. I made a list of reasonable adjustment requests for my employer ie firstly that I would not travel to any meetings for outside my own base, I would not line manage any staff directly and thirdly I would start at normal time which was 8am ish but finish when I felt I needed to - this was usually around 2.30pm when I was wacked but still needed enough energy to drive myself home and avoid the rush hour traffic. I was lucky in that I had a good employer and a job where I was office based and had only small risk of infection etc. It worked for me and I managed to work throughout and also through Rads which I found the most taxing due to travelling to hospital which was 25 miles away (50 miles round trip). With hindsight though I tried to do too much and be too 'brave'. For some reason I felt I had to proove that the cancer/treatment hadn't got me and some days I was so fatigued and unwell I am not sure how I managed it. So I would say be kind to yourself and don't push yourself too far. Also watch for workmates/colleagues - whilst mine were very supportive at the begining I did find that they soon forgot that I was having treatment and expected me to do an awful lot more than I could and because I was back at work and looked relatively 'normal' to them they did not recognise or realise what I was going through - my manager was based 100 miles away too so he did not see first hand what was going on either and I was too proud to say I was not coping. I am normally a very confident and capable person and I also found that the cancer diagnosis and treatments made me lose a lot of self esteem so things that I would normally have tackled head on I found far more difficult. I did manage it though and only had 3 days off during the whole treatment process - again I was lucky in that my 'bad days' fell at weekends anyhow. So in a nutshell don't push yourself too much, be kind to yourself and don't try to be super woman. good luck x
Good morning. I will be having my second round of FEC-T today, must admit not looking forward to the next 4/5 days now I know what its like, although compared to some posts I have seen I think I got off fairly lightly. Apart from the few days off after last chemo I am still working full time and would like to continue to do so if possible as I found myself getting far too anxious and down being at home on my own. Any tips from others who are further on in their treatment about continuing work whilst having chemo?