Everyone responds to chemo differently. Because of that you really have no idea what it’s going to be like.
We’ve been told by the nurses and Doctors that days 3-5 are the hardest. By tomorrow, the cancer cells should be attacked by the chemo and the Dr. said side effects (like mouth sores, diarrhea, more fatigue, etc.,) could start. But again, who knows . . .
This morning, I woke up at 4 am (AGAIN) and just laid there for a second to see how I felt. (And for those of you on the east coast, I loved chatting with you via text or FB that early. Thanks!) I actually felt more rested than when I went to bed, so that was nice. Today has just been a day of being tired and feeling achy, kind of like I have the flu. I can take Tylenol and Ibuprofen for that and the Dr. said the achiness from the shot yesterday should only last 3-4 days. Glad to hear that!
Tom has been out of control organizing the kitchen today. He said every restaurant he’s taken over that’s been one of the first things he does, is clean out every drawer and cupboard. His new restaurant is our home kitchen, so it’s been fun to watch. This morning he was distracted and Ashley asked if her bagel was done. He joked later that he needs to set up a ticket system. Nice. I have a feeling I’m going to be learning a lot about how to run a home kitchen better in the months to come.
In the midst of resting, napping, reading, watching Tom organize, coffee with a friend, calls from family and many other texts and messages, listening to our 7 year sing as I type this, I am thankful for no nausea (!!!!!!!!!) and the comfortable home to rest in. I praise God for the time my husband has to take care of me, the breaks he took to get some work done, and for the offers of help from friends.
The thoughts of feeling sick for an extended period of time is overwhelming, but I will keep giving those thoughts to God and take one day at a time.