Even if you are finally "cancer free" it will always be with you mentally

Friday, March 23, 2012

Major Fatigue

By the Thursday following a chemo treatment, up until now, I've pretty much recovered from the joint/muscle pain and the fatigue...I have been able to walk into the doctor's office on my own for my weekly bloodwork.  Well, yesterday I wasn't so lucky.  The pain had almost completely subsided, but my fatigue was immense.  Taking my shower was torture...walking down to the garage just about killed me...I could barely catch my breath.  Fortunately, there are wheelchairs at each entrance to the hospital--Jack had to wheel me in for my bloodwork.  There was no way I would have been able to walk in myself.  Once we got home, I could barely make it up to the house.

The fatigue is cumulative...if I'm like this after my 4th treatment, what will it be like after my 6th and final treatment???  I realize that since I was in bed for 3 days with the pain that my stamina was low, but geez...  My numbers did back up what I was feeling, so at least I know I'm not imagining it.

The neuropathy is worse and painful too.  That also is cumulative.  My hands and fingers don't hurt too much from it, but my feet and toes do.  Arghhh!

So yeah, this is a complaint post.  Gotta let it out somehow...thats one of the reasons I started to blog--so I don't have to complain out loud.  People get tired of hearing it.  Today I plan to move around more and maybe visit my studio for a bit...

On the bright side, I'm still reeling from the good news I received last week.  Though its tough going through this day by day, I know the end of the treatment is coming and I'm going to be OK.  I will be back to work, back with my co-workers, and enjoying the little things I love about Chicago...

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