Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunny Sunday

I'm still doing okay with the port, hit the 48-hour mark this morning - time to take the 1st bandage off and have a shower (always feels good). Just a couple of steri-strips still on it over the stitches. 'Port care' tomorrow - seems kinda soon to be poking around but I guess they want to make sure its working for Thursday - 1st chemo. I am definitely nervous about the chemo - you can't be prepared for it when you don't know what your reaction will be - everyone has such a different reaction to it. I've warned the boys that I will likely be throwing up and/or very tired, and either one will make me grumpy, so they need to be really nice...

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  1. Beth,

    As hard as it may sound, try not to get to worked up about the chemo ... I think chemo is very psychological as well as physical.

    When I started chemo in August, I created a spreadsheet with all the side-effects I felt each day of my chemo cycle ... so, I pretty well knew exactly how I would feel throughout the next cycle.

    I will be thinking of you on Thursday.

    Daria

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  2. Hard as it seems try not to go on everyone else's experiences. Write your own story. I'll be praying for you Thursday.
    Blessings

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  3. Seriously, they have very good stuff for nausea. Do not go in there expecting the worst. I like Roxanne's comment: write your own story. Chemo was not fun, but it was not horrible either. Although I had some mild nausea, I kept to the scheduled medications and it never went farther than that. I was tired, and napped pretty much daily, but after a couple days, I was able to be up and around. I was not a fireball of energy, but I was able to accomplish things. I'll check back to see how you made out. Good luck, my dear.

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  4. I agree with everyone above. Just don't get nerved up over it!!!! Because I'm overweight, my chemo was 3x the strength normally given, and I was warned that I might have a hard time. I never needed the nausea pills at all. I did get very tired, and had other side effects, but it was manageable. I know you will do ok! Take something to read and to munch on! It gets very boring sitting there staring at your toes!
    Cora

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  5. Take it in moments and breathe. I remember the fear I had over starting chemo was huge and overwhelming. {{{Gentle Hugs}}}

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  6. You sound so positive which is a good thing. Don't worry about chemo, just deal with it when it comes. It is a poisen but it is your friend, it is going to stop that cancer in its tracks. I plan to take chocolates in to my next chemo session because I want to celebrate the last of the epi-reubison, I will share them with the other patients and staff, I will try to get some red ones cos thats the colour of my chemo. Think positive.

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  7. Beth -- consider asking for ativan before chemo. I find sedatives work wonders.

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