This week I underwent round five of Chemo. We got to say good-bye to Clyde and Dave and started up with Taxol. Now, I'd heard that Taxol doesn't cause the same range of side-effects that Clyde and Dave do but I wasn't sure what that means. Now I know, so I thought I'd give a quick update with you all.
Basically, they took me off the Emend because the nauseousness wasn't supposed to be as bad and it wasn't. I took Atavin and Compazine on Monday night and Tuesday night and that was it and I've been eating and drinking the entire time.
They did put me on mega-doses of steroids (don't ask me which one, the bottle is downstairs). I took a dose Sunday night, again Monday morning and more in the IV Monday afternoon, during my chemo and let's just say I was quite peppy on Tuesday, into Wednesday morning but was still able to sleep.
Yesterday mid-morning I crashed, and slept most of the day, when the other side-effect manifested itself - body aches. Yep, my doctor said it would be like the flu, and he wasn't kidding. Yet, I was still able to sleep and Tylenol pretty much keeps the pain at bay.
I still have fuzzy brain but no where near the coma I had been in during the other four treatments (yes, I can actually speak in full sentences). Still have it now, but I'm going to force myself into the shower and take mom out to dinner for her birthday!
Oh, and I finally asked, sort of, the prognosis question. Basically, I asked Doc F. on Monday if I could start planning my life again, my spring and summer trips, you know. He looked at me like I had two heads and basically said, "Yes, that's why we're doing this. We're planning on you being cured this spring." Phrew.
Feel like I can finally breathe again. And that light at the end of the tunnel is getting bigger.
Off to look at Paris apartments!!!!!