Sunday, December 22, 2013

No News is No News


After 3 Taxol infusions, I’m grateful to not be feeling the physical side effects that worried me.  Physically, I’m doing very well.  There’s some fatigue and a general lack of energy.

The worst part is Chemo Brain.  Lack of interest. In anything.  Fuzzy brain. Inability to concentrate. 

After a break for Thanksgiving, my taste buds began coming back, but that was short lived.  Oh, well.

I should be working on the spreadsheet where I track the financial aspects of this little adventure.  There are some interesting aspects of medical insurance, Medicare in my case, and medical providers that aren’t obvious until you get involved in the process.  I plan to write about that, but I’m afraid it’ll be a while before I can put together anything coherent.

In the meantime, I’m doing well.  Considering.




Sunday, December 8, 2013

Starting a New Routine

Had my first Taxol treatment on Thursday.  I’m scheduled for once a week for 11 more weeks.  This is supposed to be easier than the previous drug cocktail, but a couple of the possible side effects concern me: bone pain, and hand and foot neuropathy.  It’s too soon to be feeling any effects yet, so it’s a matter of wait and see. 

It was nice to have a week off chemo because of Thanksgiving.  A tiny bit of my ability to taste has returned, but eating is still mostly a chore.  The fatigue has lifted a little, too.  I don’t have a lot of energy, but at least I’m not napping as often.  

But the combination of fatigue and chemo brain is still keeping me pretty lethargic.  I’m usually pretty upbeat about Christmas but I haven’t even watched Christmas Vacation or the Grinch yet.  The tree isn’t up, and  we haven’t even bought Christmas cards yet.  I’ll be so happy when this is done and I can get back to being me again.