Taking longer to bounce back this time
Saturday, July 13, 2013
I had my 3rd Abraxane chemo on Tuesday. It has taken me longer to bounce back from this last one. I don't know if it's just the anemia, or the fact that I had it 3 weeks in a row (my previous one was 2 weeks in a row.)
Wednesday I actually had a little bit of energy. Part of that was because they gave me steroids with the chemo, like they did with the first one, even though I was told I didn't have to have them. I didn't know the steroids were in the IV at the time, but I knew it when my face turned beet red again the next day. If the red face were the only side effect, I'd be ok with that, but the steroids also irritate my stomach, make it hard to sleep, and make me feel depressed and irritable by about the 3rd day after chemo when they start wearing off. I will have to ask the nurse about that next time I have chemo again, in two weeks. There should have been a note in my chart. I did not have the steroids with the 2nd chemo and I did just fine without them.
Thursday and Friday I spent most of my day sitting in front of the TV, with no energy. Friday was the worst day. I was so tired and felt very light headed. I did not even attempt a workout yesterday.
I slept better last night, and even though I was a little slow to really get moving this morning, I feel a lot better today. I started turkey tenderloins with veggies cooking in the crock pot for dinner, got caught up on the laundry, and did a half hour workout. I am tired, but I feel good about what I was able to do today.
Thankfully I have this coming week off from chemo, so that should help boost my hemoglobin so that I am not so fatigued when I start the next 3 week cycle.