How are you doing after #2 chemo? Did you find it any different from the first one?
Hope you are feeling ok and get thru this one as well as can be expected
All the best to you
Hope the day went well, Eleanor1. I forget if you told us what chemo drug(s) you were getting. Lots of us do/did the ACT regimen -- adriamycin, cytoxan, and taxol; but I know there are other approaches.
Prayer and a positive attitude will always help.
just a few suggestions, just in case you are interested ...
It is so important to remain and continue hydration, water - water, and more water. Splash in a little lemonade, cranberry juice -- or prepackaged crystal light, or Lipton Tea. Herbal Tea's also work for a change of pace.
If you are getting the neulasta shot -- Please ask your Oncologist about taking a benadryl -- or claritin -- which many of us === swear by -- as they help alleviate that 'just run over by a truck' aches and pains - some of us experience from the neulasta shot.
Ask for prescriptions for nausea and vomiting -- as well as diarrhea.
Plastic silverware is a must --- biotin toothpaste and mouthwash is a daily essential (available at most Target's or Wal-Mart's)
Food is subjective -- depending on your personal needs and taste buds .. What taste good or was tolerable 1 week -- changed for me, the very next. I could not tolerate any foods with sugar, i.e. ketchup, or cola's.
To help prevent mouth sores -- suck on ice chips during all chemo treatments.
Have you tried ginger tea? Ginger is very good for settling the stomach. It is spicy, which may be good. It is best made with fresh ginger from the produce dept. For a cup of tea, cut some of the ginger root off, about like three carrot medallions. Peel them and throw them in a sauce pan with water. Boil then simmer for about five minutes. The longer, the stronger. If it is too strong, thin with water. I sure hope it helps. My dear friend, Bella Luna turned me onto Ginger.
Strength, Courage and HOPE for a Cure.
Thanks for some good sense info for helping get thru this. As for the ice chips, do you suck on them the entire time you are getting the nasty poison? Isnt it like a bunch of hours? I think your mouth would freeze sucking on ice that long? Also, can you explain about the plastic silverware?
and I keep hearing about a neulasta shot, what is this, and what determines who gets it?
Thanks for your valuable information, Im saving it for when my time comes, which is getting scarily close :(
I am doing better. its day six and not much aches and pains. It's the bloating, gas, lazy bowels and nausea. Most of all, I think with all the anticipations of the holidays, I am just down with my energy, kinda deppress feeling the blues. Christmas is my favorite holiday and I would go all out for this day but I get to the realization that its not happening and I feel like I am putting down everyone's chrismas spirits too. The first chemo was all about the fears of the side effects, the hair loss and surviving the first... The second feels the realization that it is here again, feels much longer process and more tiring for me and can't do anything else new.I can't wait to just be done. I am lucky I only have to go through 2 more but even with just 2left, it feels like unending. I need to kinda find back my focus, my strength and pray harder for God to help me get stronger everyday. I was thinking a lot of you guys, wishing you all a merry Christmas and hoping you had a great time with your families as well. Despite everything, I had a great time with my family and friends , I don't think I could have done better without them and my faith to God.
Day 3, doing alright but nauseated this time. I just took my medicine and went to bed. I wish I could drink fluids though. But I know I will be fine. Thanks for thinking of me.
Ughh that's not good to hear :-(
I wonder if it has a cumulative effect
Hope you start feeling better soon
Wish I could give some suggestions. I did all right with the chemo, as far as nausea. The worst I felt was a few days of queasiness at the most, and that was just with the adriamycin/cytoxan. I was able to drink plenty of fluids, and I could make myself eat something -- not a lot when I did, but something. My DRs told me that if my anti-nausea drugs did not do the trick, I was to call them and they had a different combination they could prescribe. I know, though, that that can be an added expense.
I know that we are individuals, and we react differently to our treatments. Sharing, like we do, though, gives us an idea of what we could expect as well as what has been a help to others.
Hang in there. Usually things are a bit of a challenge for just a few days each round.