Taxol's side effects can vary, but most common are tingly sensations or numbness in the fingertips and toes. If it gets to a point where I can't do buttons, I'm to let them know and they can adjust the dose. Another common side effect is sore bones. I can take Advil or Tylenol to help with this, as long as I take my temperature beforehand, and let it wear off for a few yours to make sure I'm not masking any fevers.
We returned home around 1:00 p.m. I immediately went to bed and slept solid until 4:00 p.m. My friend Cynde brought a wonderful dinner at 5:00, which was such a blessing, not needing to worry about any of that. I have not felt nauseous yet, and have not taken any anti-nausea drugs (but the pre-meds included Zofran, which should be worn off by now, so we'll see how it goes). I had an appetite and loved eating a healthy dinner! With the previous phase, I would have no appetite for at least 4 days, so this is encouraging!! I'm also excited that I'm able to be awake for a while to update this blog and accomplish a few more things. Things are looking up!!! I'm stoked! I've now learned that Mondays are a day to block out the calendar for nothing but chemo and sleeping. After that, I'm hoping my week can be pretty normal, but I'll know a lot more once the chemo actually kicks in and starts doing it's work, which should start happening Wednesday or Thursday, with a cumulative effect as these 12 weeks go by.
|Amazing sand sculpture made by a group from Bloomington.|