Sunday, January 31, 2010

Day 17 - I am a slow learner

I survived today without any nausea - it was great. Yesterday I started off in the morning with nausea and I was going visiting an aunt so I took one of the magic wafers and I was great for the rest of the day - I felt normal again!!

I am a bit stubborn and take a long time for some things to sink in - I will now take medication for nausea if I need it - I won't suffer through!! This should make my next session of chemo (next Thursday) more endurable!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday - 2 weeks following my treatment

I was feeling pretty good this morning but tonight I had some nausea again! I need to get to the bottom of why I feel this way. We plan to go to a support group next week maybe we can do some follow up there.

Day 13 Wednesday

I had a good day - started to feel on top of things.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Day 12

Fatigue was still there today but I was not quite as tired. I had a special treat this morning of going to a special meeting where an apostle spoke. At the end of the meeting he shook everyone's hand and when I shook his hand he said we wanted to meet me and he held my hand warmly and I felt his strength and the spirit strengthened me and tears flowed. It was not a great thing but a very special thing. We also had a family activity today which also lifted my spirits. It has been a great day which I am so thankful for.

Day 11 Monday

We had a visit to an organisation linked to centrelink this morning where they asked me a lot of questions about my symptoms and what I can and can't do. I don't know if this encouraged my feelings of depression today but I certainly struggled today to keep positive. This afternoon I had a reflexology session which was absolutely 'wonderful'and was very relaxing. I am planning to have them every two weeks as it is great for feeling relaxed.

Day 10 Sunday

I have started feeling a bit depressed about the nausea and the fatigue which determines my routine for the day. I can't believe I am still having these problems so long after my treatment!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Day 9

I was not nausious when I woke this morning - it was a great feeling. The day had a better outlook from the beginning!!As predicted in the literature my mouth is feeling a bit funny - but it was a good day.

Day 8 (Friday)

I had to use the magic wafer to ward of nasea even though I tried hard to convince myself that when I woke in the morning it would be gone! The drug which was a wafer I put on my tongue did the trick and I could enjoy the day. Before I went to bed I felt the nausea was leaving me and I was able to enjoy a nice dinner.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day 7

Today had a great outcome even if it did not get off to a good start. My nausea was still around this morning and I had a bit of a 'melt down'- it was really getting to me. I phoned the nurse at the hospital cancer centre and she told me to come in and they would give me some fluids and get me something for the nausea. John took me in and the nurses were really great - I was able to tell them how feeling sick all the time was starting to get to me and they assured me I would go home feeling better. They were right. I had a couple of litres of saline, with some added nausea medications put into the drip. I left after seeing the doctor feeling much brighter and detrmined we had broken the nausea cycle!! So far, so good. The doctor was a bit miffed as to why the nausea had started so long into the treatment - I never had it for the first few days!!!!! I enjoyed my mango and icecream tonight for dessert.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Day 6

The nausea was the most troubling today - I tried to eat small amounts often which seemed to have worked a bit better.It is still my main annoyance along with the fatigue. I am definitely feeling a bit better today.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Day 5

This will be getting very boring to the reader - today I noticed an increase in the naseau which was annoying. I took the medication but it was still uncomfortable when the medication had worn off.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Day 4

Today, I was very sleepy. Slept through most of the day. I had a bit of nausea also. I rang the oncology unit as I did not have a very good night with my cold/flu. The nurse told me to go to the GP to see if I needed antibiotics. I went along and got some - but I am feeling much better in the flu dept so hopefully I will have a good night.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Day 3 - how could I be so lucky!!

Not everyonhe gets the chance to lie around all day - I was promised fatigue and it set in today. I slept most of the day. I feel very, very tired. But, I have all the time in the world to laze around!!. The sore throat has developed into more of a cold which I need to keep an eye on.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

2nd day after!

Apart from the sore throat I have been doing well to-day. Spent the day resting and then this afternoon we went down to Lota and got some fish from 'Bart's'and took a small walk. I rang the hospital about the throat and they told just to make sure if I get a temperature or my symptoms change to contact them.

Friday, January 15, 2010

1 Day After

One day following chemo - worke up with a bit of a sore throat but apart from that I have had no other concerns today. Looked after some grandchildren, went for a swim and had dinner with another daughter, visited with our son and his family. Been a good day. The spanner in the works is that 2 of the grandchildren living with me have whooping cough and their parents aren't feeling too well. So, I need to stay some distance away - and this afternoon I went to the chemist and bought a mask!!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The big eventttttt!

Since making the appointment for chemotherapy my thoughts have been on the event- I went for my first chemo treatment today with Alimta and Caroplatin. It took a couple of hours by infusion. I also had a vitamin B12 injection and some anti nausea drugs given to me. It all went well.

Before the treatment I had another meeting with the oncologist to ask him some questions that I wanted to know. What would be a possible prognosis if I had no chemo after seeing the rate of growth from the last ct scans - his reply - not longer than 12 months. Could the chemo shorten the prognosis if it didn't work - no. It doesn't increase the rate the cancer grows. We talked a bit about pain relief and the effects of these drugs. I needed to ask about driving - shouldn't be driving on my pain relief drugs - hate to give up any of my independence.....

The next week to two weeks will show how the drugs have affected my - my plan is to go on as usual and not sit waiting for it to happen...hope this plan works.

I went to see my grandchildren this morning and the sweetest thing was when I asked Sarah to ask Heavenly Father to help the medicine I was getting to work when she said her prayers at night, she replied "Can't we say a big prayer now". "Yes" I said and she proceeded to lead us in a short and simple prayer asking for just that. Thank you Sarah.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It is skipping along merrily!!

Before my last svcan and doctors appointment I had an increase in pain in my side and back - which I thought must be from my surgery. 'We had a great Christmas and went off optomistically to the doctor's on the 29th December. I had a CT scan (no trouble getting the vein!). When we went to the oncologist and he showed us the difference between the scan I had on the 6th October and the 29th December it was easy to see that the growth had grown considerably which was the reason for the increase in my pain. He prescribed strong pain killer's especially to get me through the night.

This visit was a real reality check and we were both upset about how quickly the cancer is growing. The oncologist told us that if I was to consider chemotherapy I should have it within 4 weeks.

These results made us consider the chemotherapy. After prayer we both felt that I should have it. We first thought we might wait till the end of January - then we considered how much the pain and growth were increasing and decided that we would go for thr 14th January. We feel good about going down this path in an effort to at least slow down the growth and possibly decrease the pain.

We attended a chemotherapy eduction session with a nurse last Friday. This was informative and gave us the chance to ask any questions.