That seems to be the question now that I'm done treatment. Actually, I think I am the only one asking (that's me with my high expectations I put on myself). Answer - no idea. I know I'm not ready yet. When I meet with my oncologist in mid-December I think we'll set some goals so I'll know when I am ready. They did say at the very beginning that it would likely be a year off of work, I am finally starting to realize it may take that long (or longer).
Not complaining, but just listing the things that still 'bug' me:
- all 10 toes are numb (pins and needles feeling)
- fingertips sometimes get that lack of feeling too (especially right baby finger)
- right arm gets achey and tires easily
- right underarm still sore from radiation burn
- still a little sore where port was removed
- fingernails have those ridges and can get brittle (but not nearly as bad as other fingernails I've seen)
- tire easily (the couch is my friend)
- vision and hearing are not what they were - need to get these checked out
Chemo Brain issues:
- when speaking, can't think of the right word, or I say the completely wrong one (kids laugh a lot)
- when writing, misspell easy words or write the wrong word (shopping lists are interesting to decipher)
- when asked to do something, I turn around and completely forget (not only what I was supposed to do, but that I was supposed to do anything at all). Example - Brad and Zach carrying something heavy from truck to garage - I was to go inside and open the garage. La la la, I went inside and had no idea why Zach came in and asked me if I forgot to do something. No idea.
- no ability to mulit-task (those who know me, know I used to be a very organized person who can accomplish amazing feats in a day).
- can spend an entire day accomplishing nothing: Open mail, go to get a pen, open drawer and see address book, think of someone I needed to call, look for phone, see magazine, remember recipe I was going to copy out, look for pen, notice kids room a mess, pick up laundry to take downstairs, see boxes of christmas decorations in basement and remember I need to sort through that, wander aimlessly back upstairs, get a drink of water, notice fridge is pretty empty, need to start a grocery list, look for pen, see open mail pile, feel overwhelmed, take a nap.