Good news – blood counts rapidly improving, generally feel well, just the diarrhea to get under control. Looks very promising to go home next week. That would be the best thing to speed up recovery – being surrounded by my loving family.
Been a bit quiet on the blog side. hit the low point treatment wise – temperature spikes, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, dry sore mouth and lips. All reassuringly normal for this stage of the programme though. Various samples have shown no infection, so its just the chemo causing it.
Now I am feeling just a fraction more human, my appetite is slowly returning which is good. All I am waiting for is the blood counts to improve and we’re on the home straight 🙂
Had a surprise visit from Emma – oh boy did it make me happy. Hadn’t realised just how low I was heading, particularly with the infection, but spirits lifted and ready to do battle again. I love that woman so much its impossible to describe. Thanks also to her mum who had the kids so Emma could travel. I wouldn’t have been able to see the kids, given the infection, and they would have been upset traveling all that way just to go home again.
Now, as I get ready for bed, my temp has spiked again to 38 degrees, so back onto antibiotics for the night. Shame as my temp had stabilised and I felt so well earlier.
I’ve had platelets again today, along with red cells. Started GCSF injections to help my body rebuild its own defences.
…has my appetite gone? Not hungry, trying to eat lunch but mouth v dry and really can’t force myself. Maybe snack later if I get hungry. Know I have to eat, but not right now.
Stem cells are in, feeling grotty from steroids n piriton. Not sleeping though thanks to chronic wind.
Had my 24 hours off of chemo, about to start stem cell infusion. Generally feeling ok, if a little tired.
Been watching “Growing up with Cancer” on BBC1. Very inspirational to see how these teenagers are coping so well with diagnosis and treatment, and looking forward to their futures. If you missed it, find it on BBC IPlayer.
Enjoyed a visit from my wonderful, beautiful Emma today. Really lifted me. Very proud of her, much love, really missing her and the children.
Had a post-visit power nap, then supper and PICC line dressing change.
Skype call with the kids very enjoyable, perfect way to round off the day.
Chemo again later, then sleep.
Cooler day outside – hurrah. Morning pills taken and first chemo going in. Generally feel ok so far, little tired already.
First round of todays chemo underway, Cytarobine and Etoposide, anti-everything pills taken.
Slept ok, if not for long enough. Started watching The Hobbit – an Unexpected Adventure quite late last night.