Happy Cancer Girl

A Happy Girls Journey with Cancer

Chemo #7 and #8

on June 11, 2013

It’s been awhile since I have posted an update and I’m sorry for that. I think I am suffering from both chemo brain and chemo fog. What I mean by chemo brain is, I have a hard time talking…I will be in the middle of saying something and either stop because I forget what I’m saying or stop because I can’t get the right words out. It’s annoying and embarrassing especially when meeting new people. As for the chemo fog, I find that I can sit and stare off in space for extremely long periods of time. Whatever gets me through the day I guess!

So chemo #7 was a couple of weeks ago. It was my double drug week which means I spent lots of time in bed. However, this time it wasn’t as bad as the pervious two double drug weeks. Yes I was tired and yes I was a bit nauseous, but for some reason it didn’t seem as bad. It may have been because of the break I had between #6 and #7, but who knows. I think my biggest problem was the heat, it was really humid which made me feel terrible on the weekend, but if I was in an air conditioned car or my nice cool basement I was fine.

Chemo #8 was last week and it passed by pretty uneventfully. I was really tired so I had a lot of naps and my nose bleeds started again. I think my platelets were low again, but not low enough to stop chemo #9. I find that I wake up around 4 or 5 in the morning and I’m really hungry so I end up eating a banana to tide me over until breakfast, but then I can’t get back to sleep so I read. Sometimes I will have a nap early in the morning and then again in the afternoon but by 9 I’m wiped. It’s weird, but since I’m not working it’s ok. Another thing I’ve noticed lately is heart burn. I have heart burn almost everyday. It sucks, but I’m taking Zantac and it works for the most part.

One of the things many people ask me is “What can I do to help?”, and I generally say nothing because there really isn’t much anyone can do for me at this point. If I need something I will ask, but for the most part I’m good. When my chemo was cancelled a few weeks ago because of low platelets it got me thinking about blood transfusions. When/if my blood counts get too low I will need a transfusion. I have been aware of this since I started chemo, but I didn’t really think much about it. This week Canadian Blood Services put out a blood signal, they are in need of blood. It takes 5 donations for one cancer patient to have a blood transfusion. So if you would like to do something to help me I would ask you to go and give blood if you are able too. You can even book an appointment online here. I am going to give blood once I am able to, now that I am aware of how important it really is.

Here’s another music video for you to enjoy. It’s another song that took some time to grow on me, but now I love it! Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, I hope you enjoy it.

6 responses to “Chemo #7 and #8

  1. Megan says:

    Thanks for posting! I hope you feel okay this week and get lots of rest. Love you!

  2. Karlene Wall says:

    Keep up the good fight, Renee! Blurred Lines gets me moving, every time! I love it!

  3. Aunt Mimi says:

    Great idea re blood donations…I will check your site to see if my blood is okay since all my siblings & I had Hep A when we were very young. I have heard that there are certian parts of our blood..platelets etc that may be okay..they just use the good stuff and ditch the rest!!

  4. Well hi Renee, nice to hear from you , glad ur feeling a bit better.well sure hope u have the treatments done before to long u need a break.and from what I’ve heard these chemo treatments take so much out of u .so hope ur threw with them real soon.but still thinking about u and praying every minute of the day for u.lots and lots of hugs coming ur way stay strong and I know ur family and all your friends are pulling for you to get better soon,xoxoxoxoxoxoxo,ttul AFA Lee Ann.

  5. Amanda says:

    I can’t remember how old you have to be to donate blood in NB (maybe 16?), but I’ve donated every time I’ve been able to since I hit that age. It’s only been about 4 times, because I’ve gotten a few tattoos and piercings (so you have to wait a period of time afterwards), been sick when the donation clinic happened, or I’ve been out of the country. BUT! Every time helps! I don’t think a lot of people realize how simple it is to do, either. The nurses are always really friendly and you get snacks (bonus! haha).

  6. zcher says:

    Wonderful idea regarding blood donations. I know how you feel with chemo brain. Just do your best, that is all you can do. And get used to saying, “I’m sorry, I have chemo brain” people do understand it.

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