July 24, 2012
I want to dispel the myth of the "Horrors of Chemo." IU Medical Center does it differently in that they give me a lower dose every week. Every third week I get 2 chemo drugs instead of just one. While it is an all day event, I find myself looking forward to the imposed rest. I listen to my meditation and my and my sister's music during the actual treatment. the rest of the time is preparation - vitals, blood drawn and read, premeds THEN the chemo.
I have only been nauseated once in the hospital and once at home. The meds work, but I don't take them unless I need to and I don't need to! My fatigue feels less and less invasive as the days pass. My appetite is awesome! I eat every two hours to gain weight and get to eat anything I want! My hair is slowly shedding, eventually I may lose it all. Even that's ok now. I'll paint my head! I'll be creative!
I've met the nicest people, the nurses who are so attentive, so authentically loving, and so professional. I want them all as my friends! I request the same Chaplain who saw me as an inpatient, from the beginning. Lorraine prays with me and anyone who is there, nurses included, who wants to pray and sing to me. I can finally sing again after 3 months!
So even chemotherapy can be magical! After yesterday's double dip, I have so much energy. It's difficult to sit down long enough to get on the computer. I've got things to do!!
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