The dreaded chemo….
So just over a week after chemo & i have to say it’s kicked my ass more than I expected.
Firstly the chemo itself… Well other than a little tingling sensation as they put each of the drugs in there’s nothing much to talk about. The cold cap to try & preserve my hair is a whole other ball game…..
The first thing they do is wet your hair & put conditioner in it and then you get fitted for the cap itself & an overcap to keep it firmly in place. My dear brother Richard, who came and sat with me, took great delight in taking these photos
Then the machine is switched on & freezing cold water is pumped through the cap. Now I’d been warned it was like having an ice cream/slushie brain freeze but seriously the pain was incredible. Still, no pain no gain. I have to thank my brother for just talking to me for the first 20 minutes until my head was actually so numb that I wondered if the machine had stopped working because I couldn’t feel a thing.
3 hours later (!) the cap was taken off & there was ice in my hair so I’m sure it worked just fine
Apparently it doesn’t get any easy with each treatment so I have that to look forward to another 5 times
I’ve been up and down since the treatment, mainly due to my stubborn nature & my absolute refusal to let it stop me from living my life. A lesson learned: my mind might be strong but my body is weak.
My stubborn assed self went out to my regular Friday Rock Night, had a couple of Guinness which made me feel like I’d had many more – guess I’ll be a cheap date during chemo – and led to me spending most of Saturday in bed feeling like I’d been run over by a bus. Another lesson learned? Probably not, if I’m honest, though I’ll maybe give the Guinness a miss next time.
Monday I just did too much – a cuppa and a chat at my mates house, some stuff round the house & then going to see Halestorm in the evening – and I ended up with the shakes, struggling to walk back to the car after the gig and spending most of Tuesday in bed. But hey, I had fun
Today was a good day & the first day I haven’t had to take the anti sickness drugs so I’m hoping I’m on the upward curve until the next dose and the roller coaster starts again
And just incase anyone hasn’t had the memo yet….. Fuck cancer