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It has been quite awhile since I’ve updated you. Honestly, chemo does take it out of you. And it can keep a person doing the bare minimum, which I’ve often felt was pretty descriptive of me. But here is a short list of the latest!
The end is in sight
Friday, September 1, was my 5th chemo session. Of 6! My next and last chemotherapy treatment is scheduled for Friday, September 22. It takes about 6 hours from start to finish.
I have had some unexpected issues come up; one was that my potassium level dropped below normal. Apparently there is a range that potassium needs to stay within and if it’s below that, it can really wonk out a person’s heartbeat. (As Yoda likes to say in the “Bad Lip-Reading” video, “Not fun!”) I’m taking a potassium supplement, which has helped, and am eating bananas and potatoes and consuming Gatorade and orange juice (and water). All of these are helping.
Post-chemo (especially the first week after), there is nausea and joint and bone pain. This time I’ve also been a little shaky.
But, I am pretty pooped. We started homeschooling for my son’s 10th grade year a few weeks ago. It is going well but I am really, really tired. Apparently chemo takes it out of a person in more ways than one, for I’ve noticed that I just have less energy. But again…the end is in sight! So that is encouraging.
We have been overwhelmed by the love of our friends and family, and organizations…
…who have provided meals, gift cards, more meals, companionship, swim dates, and so much more. I even had a girlfriend come and visit with me while I was having chemo last week!
I’ve also been given a wig, cute beanies (see above), a bag of makeup (nice makeup!), and even a lovely bottle of night cream from various nonprofits, cosmetics companies, and even a department store. There are people out there who want women who might be feeling particularly unlovely to feel more beautiful. So kind.
I also have to give a shout-out to MyFreezEasy.com. I reviewed MyFreezEasy in the fall and, although Erin Chase, its founder, may never know this, freezer cooking really helped us at various points in the chemo. Just putting together ingredients for meals in freezer zipper bags that could go into the freezer now and into the crockpot some morning was a huge help. I haven’t been able to do this consistently (uh..only twice) but am looking forward to getting back into the habit of freezer cooking once chemo is completely and finally over. And, I want to give another shout-out to our friends who brought us frozen meals! Same principle entirely; just keep in the freezer til you’re ready to cook. What a blessing.
And on a funny note…
…and this really is funny. So feel free to laugh. After years of getting Ulta and Sephora emails touting their latest makeup product or freebie…suddenly I am getting a LOT of hair product emails! This is funny b/c I have VERY little hair to put product on. As in almost none. Less than a military buzz cut, in fact (yes, this is a result of the chemo). In fact I’m not using product at all. My hair product of choice these days is a fun hat or beanie. Of which I have a few!
But no, dear Sephora and Ulta. I don’t need your latest fabulous product for curly hair. Yet. (Get back with me in March or April, please.)
thank you for keeping up with me! Thanks from the bottom of my heart to the readers who have hung in there, who read my posts, or who sent encouraging notes or comments. You have been a huge encourager.