Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Meds

I have had amazing past week with family. My brother and his girlfriend were down from UK as well as some of my cousins. We had some great family time together; went to Hermanus for 2 days, did Wine tasting, went to Spier, Loads of braaing, Celebrated my moms bday, went dune bugging. Was really amazing and a nice rest away from all the drama.

On coming back from Hermanus the chemo centre had called asking me to come in the next day
to start my chemo meds. Xeloda had been miraculously approved on
my medical aid, however I am now without a receptor blocker because that was just too expensive to authorise. Always something I Suppose!

We had to speak to the doctor just so he could explain the meds. 8 tablets to be taken a day (4 in the morning and 4 in the evening). Will most probably experience some nausea, low blood counts, upset stomach, hand and foot syndrome which is pins and needles sensation on the hand and feet and it gets very sensitive and sore, red and sometimes cracks and peels.The things are manageable and you have meds/ creams to counteract it but it depends on the severity of it all.

As I was talking to the chemo nurses while they explained everything to me in the chemo room I happened to see a patient receiving Red Devil Chemo. Instantly I became really nauseous and literally had to turn around with my back to everyone so I would not see it. It's amazing how much your brain associates the meds to nausea and you feel instantly ill. It took me about an hour to feel normal again after leaving the chemo room. I completely dislike red now and lucky me our house is red themed. Feel sick just writing about it. Bleaugh.

So now I have been on the meds for going onto 2 weeks now. Not feeling 2 much except for sore bones once again. I feel like I'm a 90 year old woman with the aches and pains. The nurses still seem to think it's the Zometa Bone juice. They holding off it for a while just because it caused so much pain the last time. I'll be getting those sessions every 2 months instead just so my body does not take on too much strain.

Have some business plans brewing at the moment so watch this space ;) As shitty as being diagnosed with the Big C it has inspired me to do a few things.

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