The past couple of days have been a little tough going, but I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel from this cycle of chemo. At least I hope that’s the end of the tunnel, and not another train come to run me over.
The iron infusions have done some great things for my energy levels. I haven’t felt any fatigue this time around, and haven’t needed an afternoon or an early bedtime. Surprisingly, this isn’t necessarily all good. If I’m tired, I can nap and then be unconscious to the annoying side effects for at least a bit of time. As it was, I got no break from the annoying side effects.
This time around, my main complaint was with my mouth. For a couple of days, it felt like the cells in my mouth were oozing a nasty flavor. It’s probably associated with the platinum in the Carboplatin. I likened the flavor to that of the powder they put in balloons to make sure the insides don’t stick together. Mornings weren’t too bad, but the intensity would grow throughout the day until, by evening, it was nearly gagging me. Some food would mask the flavor, but only while the food was in my mouth. As soon as I stopped eating, the balloon powder flavor would come rushing back. Needless to say, I didn’t appreciate it, and by the end of Tuesday evening, I was frustrated and annoyed and in most ways just irritated with cancer in general and chemo in particular.
Wednesday was slightly better. The balloon taste was gone from my mouth, but now food tasted awful whenever I tried to eat. Nothing worse than being hungry, and yet not wanting to eat. I did plan ahead and took my anti-nausea meds early in the afternoon. By the time the nausea kicked in (as it does, every Wednesday after chemo), it wasn’t too bad at all. I just needed to sit on the couch and relax for a while. As a bonus, and again with the planning ahead, my mother-in-law had come down for the afternoon to help me out when I needed to sit quietly and the kids had work to do.
Overall, I survived. There’s been no puking and hopefully I’ve kept the annoyance mostly to myself. I know my kids are aware I’m not too happy right now. Mr. Curiosity has been making me get well charms, and Miss Adventure told me how happy she was for me when I found some food that almost tasted good. Looking forward to being done with these side effects.