Yikes!! The side effects of chemo set in almost immediately. That very first night when I got home I couldn’t drink anything cold or hot. It had to be room temperature. My fingertips experienced tingling of pins and needles when I reached into the refridgerator to grab something. I really didn’t expect to experience any side effects until maybe my second round of chemo. Little did I know how worse things would get.
Tuesday morning I woke up very tired and didn’t feel like doing anything. When I felt nauseous I was relieved to know I had an arsenal of pills to help me feel better.
Wednesday morning I had no desire to get out of bed. I was much more tired than the day before. I had to force myself to get up at 10:30 because I had to go back to the hospital to have the pump removed. My lips looked and felt like they had been shot up with Botox. I arrived back into the cancer treatment room, found the nearest chair and plopped into it. My nurse asked me how I did with my first treatment. I told her that my lips were swollen when I got out of bed but now they had shrunk down to normal size. Since my lips are normally thin and nondescript I actually liked the pouty look. The fatigue and tingling fingers were par for the course.
As the weekend came into full swing I got my appetite back and a bit of energy as well. Only eleven more rounds to go I kept telling myself.