Oct 01, 2012 - 8:30 pm
As I've been recalling I have just started Induction Chemo. Had my first treatment last tuesday and took the pump off on Friday. Since then, everything has been way downhill.
Seems I have a bad case, but a very normal set of side effects. Turns out all the anti-naseau drugs they have been giving me tied me up with a bad case of constipation making it impossible for me to put anything in my stomach. Add to that, that the the lining of my mouth is scraping off (effect of chemo killing the quick growing cells) which has caused me to produce massive amounts of mucus. This slime then goes on to produce thrush (a yeast infection that goes all the way down my throat). So, here's the pretty picture. All this mucus gets produced and starts to slide down my throat where it meets up with the raw skin from the yeast infection. Add (a) to (b) and you can't swallow and wake up hacking your guts out.
Thanks to my sister-in-law i've learned the blessing of swishing out my mouth with green tee and they gave me a bunch of drugs to try and get everything else under control.
So, here's the question for you guys, probably same one over and over, Is this just the beginning? If so, that's ok, I hate surprises. I would have much rather the staff gave me some clue that things might turn ugly in a heartbeat. I understand why they don't, don't want to scare or give suggestions that might come true. But, in my case, I was really scared. I had no idea why I couldn't eat. I had no idea why I couldn't swallow. I had no idea what this lump was in my throat!!! They tell me that I should get some relieve from the thrush tomorrow and the constipation. Can't come quick enough I've lost over 10 lbs in less than 5 days.