Finished my first cycle of treatment yesterday! Woohoo! Unfortunately, it was a pretty bad day. I went in to Dana feeling pretty good, after a nice few days off from treatment. By the time I got home, I had a rising fever, worsening sore throat, and (the worst part) nausea returning. Didn’t keep dinner down either, which certainly didn’t help matters. On top of all that, my white blood count has dropped from 5,000 to like 400, which is pretty crazy. It means I’m very susceptible to getting sick. But it’s nothing out of the ordinary considering the aggressive treatment I’m getting.
I slept it off and I’m feeling better today. Still got some lingering nausea, but all in all I’m doing okay.
So I’m done with the first cycle. What now? Well, here is the breakdown: In total my treatment consists of three back-to-back, 3-week cycles. That makes nine weeks in total. During each three week cycle, the first week is a 5-day chemo (Thursday-Monday), the second and third weeks are one-day chemo (Thursdays). So I begin my second cycle next Thursday, which I am NOT looking forward to. The 5-day treatments are 4-5 hours each as oppose to the 1-day which is about a half hour. Plus the 5-day features much worse side-effects.
This time I feel more prepared, which is good. Plus, based on the side effects I faced last time, my doctor will be adding some new drugs to the mix to help me deal with them. The good news of course is that I’ve got one whole cycle behind me. Two more to go and then that should be the end of all this.