Oct 15, 2012 - 12:35 pm
Usually when I go in for pump disconnect (getting unjacked from the Matrix as I put it), it's a fight to stay awake on the way home, and then I can only doze for half an hour at best. Thursday, however, was a totally different story. First off, I found out my CEA had only dropped 2.4 points to 402. Two weeks before it had almost doubled from 216 to 404.4 so I was hoping for a significant drop this time. After I got home at about 6 PM, I slept until my alarm went off at 10 PM to take meds. I was up for a couple of hours, then back to sleep and was pretty much out of it all day Friday and Saturday. Probably would have slept all day yesterday also, but my dad had to take mom to the hospital thinking she was having a minor stroke. Turned out to be dehydration from Lasix.
I was also a bit concerned on Saturday that the pneumonia might be coming back, so a nurse came out to take vitals and listen to the lungs. Everything was ok, but she still wanted me to monitor my temp, oxygen percent and blood pressure. Today I'm back up to almost normal, just a bit of vision blurring, and ready to resume normal activity.
I do have a question here. We had a storm front move in late Thursday, so the barometric pressure was dropping during the end of treatment. This is the first time that I can recall when a low front has moved in at the end of chemo and my thought is that is what was causing the extreme fatigue. Has anyone else noticed increased fatigue due to weather? The only other variable which changed was that I started Ritalin to battle fatigue two days before starting chemo this week.