|Like Dorothy, I've gathered my friends and am well on my way!|
I have completed nine of twenty rounds of WBR so thought I would provide a (as it turns out) not-very-interesting update from the WBR front (love that battle metaphor!).
So far, I’ve experienced some weird headaches and nausea which have been successfully controlled through regular use of 6 daily mg or dexamethasone (also something of a mood elevator, which combats the woe-is-me-wowzy-wowzy-woo-woo mood you can get in going through tough treatments), and periodic use of dissolvable Zofran, an anti-nausea medication. Monday and Tuesday were pretty normal days, with fatigue gaining momentum on Wednesday through Friday.
Today is Saturday, and I’m fairly useless, but not entirely. The fatigue is both physical and mental, but I was still able to get up and get dressed. I have created a short to-do list for easy tasks (write thank-you notes, fold laundry, organize health-related receipts. – all things that can be done without much physical exertion. I do a task, then relax on the couch until I get a rise in energy. Do another task, then relax on the couch until the next energy wave…yadda, yadda, yadda.
I’ve had some dry mouth and dry eye issues easily taken care of with chewing gum and Biotene mouth rinse, and liquid tears eye drops.
The double-vision is another issue that the doctor thinks is unrelated to the WBR. I have a couple of appointments with other doctors to see if I have an inner-ear issue, as the double-vision started a few days before the radiation and, I guess, there are no tumors in the right area of the brain to account for it.
That’s sort of a weird thing. You deal so much with the cancer treatment that when something non-cancer related shows up, it’s a little surprising. Sinus troubles, ear infections, in-grown toenails, all continue and have to be dealt with whether you have cancer or not.
All in all, things are going fairly normally day-to-day. I have been told to anticipate increased fatigue so am trying to put things in order at work so that others can cover for me in my anticipated absence.
I am feeling good – peaceful - and extremely thankful for all of the people in my life who have stepped up to drive me to work, pick me up from treatments, send me cool and beautiful things to cover my pointy head, or just to offer words of encouragement.
Thanks an awful lot.