Mystery shopping


So far, so good. Friday had come and gone without me ending up on the day unit having my bloods checked! I was so relieved. I was starting to feel a wee bit better, and was looking forward to Dermot coming home so I could have a sensible conversation with someone, instead of staring in to space like a zombie.

I’d done it. I’d got through the second round of chemo, and it hadn’t been as bad (thanks to the swap in GCSF injections). Later that evening, however, I started to feel a bit shivery, but thought nothing of it. Then I got goosebumps on my arms. It was 8pm. I didn’t feel quite right, and was a little worried. Read More…

Cycle 2 - not quite as TAXing

Keep on running

If you remember from my last blog, I jokingly asked Dermot in the car on the way home whether he would do the Park Run with me on Saturday, the day after chemo, and he said yes! I hadn’t done the Park Run (Bury St Edmunds, Nowton Park) for almost a year, and hadn’t run for a good couple of months. I’d lost my triathlon mojo in the summer and had to pull out of a few events. And now I was suggesting that we run the day after chemo. Read More…

Cycling to cycle 2 of chemo

I had been joking to a couple of friends that I would cycle to my second chemo session, as it was the next cycle of chemo. And suddenly, the day had arrived. The sense of trepidation and anxiety was awful - just the thought of having to go through all those side effects again and feel that awful was horrible. It was another night of very little sleep as the steroids had started again, and the wee small hours were spent thinking of ways to avoid going back for more. When the alarm went off in the morning I kept trying to persuade my husband to go to chemo for me. Funnily enough, he wasn't interested….
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The 'good' week

Although I had been looking forward to week 3, I was really scared about having to go through another round of chemotherapy, as the first one was a real struggle for me. I wasn't sure whether I would feel as good as everyone said I would - but they were right.

Apart from a few residual side effects (altered taste, sore hands and mouth), I felt normal again. And actually felt a bit guilty that I looked so good when I was meant to be poorly with cancer. It was quite disconcerting when people I met told me I looked great - I felt a bit like a fraud. And even better - no more routine tablets! (Apart from the laxatives and the steroids the night before chemo). Read More…

Hair today...

Most people know that chemo makes your hair fall out. I was told this at the initial appointment with my oncologist, and had decided not to use a cold cap (to try and keep my hair), as it might induce vascular headaches, seeing as I'm prone to migraines. Read More…

Turning the corner

What a difference a day makes! After my trip to the oncology day unit yesterday, I woke up feeling like a different person. It literally felt like the fog had lifted. The headache had finally eased and I got a little more sleep. Dermot was on-call all weekend, and he went in early to start his ward round. Although my brain was clearer, I physically felt weak. Dermot was able to pop home for lunch. I had an afternoon nap in the hammock, and we took the dogs for a long walk. It was lovely to stop giving myself the injections, but the antibiotics were still making me feel queasy. Read More…

Neutropaenic sepsis...?

So today was Day 8, the start of week 2. And it didn't start well. I woke up silently screaming at 1am with the worst headache I have ever, ever had. I was crying with the pain. Paracetamol and ibuprofen didn't touch it. I didn't want to wake my husband, as he was about to start a 3-day weekend on-call as the consultant surgeon, so I lay there, in the dark, waiting for the sun to rise. Read More…

Days 5-7 after chemotherapy

So I made it through the first 4 days after chemotherapy, and was starting to feel really quite rotten. What would the next few days have in store for me?

Day 5 (Tuesday)

I got a little sleep in the night, and the steroids had now stopped. I was starting to get used to naturally waking up at 4am with a hot flush. I had a little colicky tummy pain and one episode of diarrhoea. Chemo plays havoc with your bowels, and most people get either diarrhoea, constipation or both. Read More…

Days 1-4 after chemotherapy

The first few days after chemo where always going to be scary for me. I was no longer in control of my body. I had no idea how I would react to the chemotherapy. Would I get some or all of the side effects? How bad would they be? When would they kick in? How long would they last? Being out of control is something I do NOT enjoy!

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