Chemo is starting to become the new normal for me now. Each time is the same. Same days, same medications, same amount of time each day. I even get the same chair each time. What has changed is the side effects that I see during the days that follow treatment.
During the first sessions, I had bouts of constipation, but I’ve resolved that issue through trial and error after doing some research on different types and brands of medications. I’ll have more information about the routine that I found to work best for me at the bottom of this story.
The chemo treatments themselves haven’t changed since the start, so there’s nothing new to discuss about that. What I have begun to notice is some minor symptoms of nausea. I don’t actually feel as though I am going to vomit, but I have a constant weird taste in my mouth that lasts for a couple of days.
Some of the foods that I normally enjoy, don’t sound good at all to me. I have found that bland is good, as anything with complex flavors taste almost repulsive. Topping the list of the best food during chemo for me is tuna salad and Kraft macaroni and cheese. Others include non-breaded fish and vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower – again with simple preparation using salt and butter for flavoring.
I have also begun to feel much more fatigued than before. I continue to go back to work on Friday after my 3 day treatments, but by 4 pm, I’m worn out. Saturday and Sunday are spent sleeping for the most part.
What has been described by others as “Chemo Fog” is now a reality for me. It’s become much more difficult to stay focused, and I’m having trouble remembering things. That’s been a big part of why this blog has had less articles added.