Before chemo, this is what I was told to expect…
- Day of chemo (day 1) – I might feel a little nauseated from the drugs
- Days 2 – 4 – I’d be fine, maybe a little weak.
- Days 5 – 8/9/10 – my worst days
- Days 11 – 14 – back to normal
In reality, it’s more like this…
- Day of chemo (day 1) – HOLY NAUSEATED
- Days 2 – 5 – Icky side effects. Wobbly. Grumpy.
- Days 6 – 7 – Weak, but less side effects
- Days 8 – 14 – WHEW! Normal, at last
So basically, it’s one bad week followed by one good week. And from what I’ve seen with others blogging about their situation with the ABVD (the chemo treatment I take) and being treated every other week, this is common.
So right now I’m in the good week. And now that I’m not crumpled in a ball on the couch, lamenting my situation, I’m starting to think about what I want to accomplish during my good weeks (and even partially work towards on my bad weeks). But I’m still working through that.
In the meantime, here are some pictures from the last couple weeks.
Sarah driving me home from the hospital, where I got a port put into my chest (day before chemo started). I’m still pretty sedated at this point, hence the sleepy eyes.
About to get my hair chopped off by my favorite stylist ever (night before first chemo treatment).
Still in the chair, but the almost after shot.
The bestest friends ever that came to see my transformation…and some that also got their hair chopped.
Chemo selfie. First treatment almost done!
Second coloring. This time I did not corrupt the message. Can you find it?
Post chemo selfie (day 3). I was starting to come out of the ickiness, here. It was my first time outside in a couple days and it deserved a public mention.
Third coloring. I was on a roll, last week. Graduated to mixing in colored pencils. Had some help from Jackson on this one.
Created a bitmoji character of my dad when he came down to hangout with me days 5 – 8.
My own personal bitmoji – newly updated with the fresh ‘do.
Chill holiday weekend for us. Went to the pool twice and read while Jackson and Jake got in some good swim time. Feeling good, but still can’t go in the pool until my bandages from my port come off.
Just finished this, this morning. Had not done much coloring in the last couple days and Jackson says yesterday, “Mom – you need to keep coloring!” So I finished my rendering of the fantastic Mr. Fox over breakfast, today. Nose complements of Jackson.
So that’s about it. Our neighbors lit off fireworks yesterday and we watched those, and then we called it a night. Not a lot to report, really. But sometimes, no news is good news. And I’m going to keep it that way for the next couple days until Friday’s second chemo appointment.