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Goodbye, Chemo

I think it's worth noting that I have taken my last dose of chemo, hopefully for the rest of my life. My brain surgery was on December 10, 2016, so it has been over a year of treatment that knocked the crap out of me. Surgery, radiation+chemo, then twelve months of chemo. The chemo was on a 28 day cycle, so more of a lunar month, really. I should look into whether it really is some kind of witchcraft.

Anyway, I'll continue to use the Optune for the time being, but it doesn't make me feel like crap. The pattern of the chemo in the past few months was that I'd take it for five days, and then the nausea would kick in after the last dose, sometimes a couple days after. My neuro-oncologist said that this was a normal development as the body got more saturated with the chemo over time. This round I started feeling nauseated enough after my third dose that I began taking extra anti-nausea medication during the day. (Usually I just took the anti-nausea meds right before I took the chemo and went to bed.) Based on my last two rounds, I have five or so days of nausea ahead of me, and then I hope I can stop taking so many damned pills and start the recovery process. My previous neuro-oncologist said it could take a few months for me to get back to my status quo ante. I'm hoping I have a head start, but we shall see.

In the meantime, hallelujah, and get thee behind me, chemo! You will not be missed.

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 26th, 2017 04:34 pm (UTC)
If the pills were yellow, you could sing "goodbye, yellow pill chemo" which sort of works to "goodbye, yellow brick road."

--Luke
randy_byers
Feb. 26th, 2017 04:46 pm (UTC)
One pill makes you nauseous
And one pill make you puke
And the ones your mother gives you
Make you as dizzy as your friend Luke.
gerisullivan
Feb. 27th, 2017 09:44 am (UTC)
*Giggles*

May the next 5 days pass swiftly by and any nausea soon be a thing of the distant memory. I'll advise patience and pacing yourself on the energy levels front, but it will mostly be a matter of listening to your body and taking it from there.

Congratulations! Here's to a much easier phase of this long, strange trip you're in.
randy_byers
Feb. 27th, 2017 05:08 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on taking it easy. I had a PT appt this morning, and last night I was thinking I'd try to make it. This morning I thought, "Who the fuck are you kidding, kid? It can wait." Especially since there's a dribble of snow out there. I'm going to stay in the nice warm house, probably mostly in a prone position.
voidampersand
Feb. 27th, 2017 03:07 pm (UTC)
Slick!
randy_byers
Feb. 27th, 2017 05:08 pm (UTC)
I see what you did there.
kevin_standlee
Feb. 26th, 2017 04:55 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and good luck!
randy_byers
Feb. 27th, 2017 05:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kevin.
history_monk
Feb. 26th, 2017 05:57 pm (UTC)
Well done!
randy_byers
Feb. 27th, 2017 05:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, John.
kalimac
Feb. 26th, 2017 06:14 pm (UTC)
Good. Chemo is an attempt to stop short of killing you in hopes that it'll kill the cancer instead, so it's an inherently awkward, not to say dangerous and uncomfortable thing, and it's great that you're out of it.
randy_byers
Feb. 27th, 2017 05:10 pm (UTC)
Let's hope it did its job, too.
kalimac
Feb. 27th, 2017 05:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, devoutly.
rosegardenfae
Feb. 26th, 2017 11:46 pm (UTC)

Great news...congratulations!

randy_byers
Feb. 27th, 2017 05:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Fae.
bibliofile
Mar. 11th, 2017 08:02 pm (UTC)
Hooray! That which doesn't kill you . . doesn't kill you. Yet.
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