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Chemo Day Two / Big Sugar Challenge – Day Five

Well, firstly I’ll start by saying congrats to Obama – I’m pretty sure my over-sized ice-foam baseball hands and feet helped him win. No need to thank me, Mr President.

So, day two of chemo and I’m not feeling too bad so far. I went for a walk to get some fresh air while I still have the use of my limbs (i.e. before the crippling joint pain sets in).

Daily Ailments:

1) My little pinkie feels like it’s been slammed in a doorframe. Unfortunately, I can’t tell whether it’s going black and about to drop off because I already have dark black sparkly nail varnish on it, so I’ll have to wait a week or so to find out whether I lose a finger or not. But what are pinkies good for, anyway? All I can think of is proper tea-drinking etiquette…

2) My face went all red and blotchy before bedtime last night. And I am having hot flushes. I am hoping it’s just an after-effect of the steroids and not – god forbid – the onset of an early menopause.

3) I am back on the daily self-injections… with no sweet treats to self-congratulate… yuck.

Great things about today:

1) My Mad Men Season Five DVD arrived in the post. Thanks, Amazon.co.uk – your timing literally couldn’t be better.

2) The Daily Mail reckons a glass of wine a day can help cure breast cancer. Don’t mind if I do…

3) After ignoring me for a few days, Nurse Molly is back to do her nursing duties and is preventing me from reading magazines by sitting across the pages. Her heart’s in the right place.

The Big Sugar Challenge

DAY FIVE (Tuesday)

(Note that I got a bit ahead of myself yesterday and called it day five when it was in fact day four – needless to say, I’ve gone back and corrected it. Apols).

6am pre-breakfast: A banana and four steroids.

8:30am actual breakfast: Bacon sandwich on grain bread with grilled tomatoes and a cup of tea. (Yum, thanks Dad, the most creative sandwich maker I know. Who needs ketchup anyway?)

Hospital lunch: Tuna sandwich on brown bread with salad, a fruit salad and a cup of tea. Four more steroids and a large dose of chemo… Bleurrgh!

Snacks: A few handfuls of pistachios, assorted nuts and raisins. Two more cups of tea (or was it three?)

Dinner: Spinach and ricotta tortellini with pine nuts, tomato and basil, broccoli and a dollop of Philadelphia for good measure. A glass of sugar-free cloudy apple juice (which I had said was not allowed but Mum reeeeally wanted me to drink it before it goes off…) Another cup of tea.

Snacks: Two savoury biscuits with cheddar cheese and butter.

Notes: Woke up at 6am today wanting a Cadbury’s Creme Egg like never before. Good job it’s November.

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5 thoughts on “Chemo Day Two / Big Sugar Challenge – Day Five

    • Ah that’s very sweet, thanks Catherine! Someone came up to me at a wedding a couple of weeks ago – a friend of the bride, I’d never heard of her before – and said she knew all about me from the blog and wanted to meet me. It’s nice to know people are reading and enjoying it! I only started a new job a couple of months before I got diagnosed and I think my new colleagues all know me like a sister now through reading my blog, though I hardly know them at all!
      I’m not sure if I’ll be having a glass of wine a day but I’ll definitely allow myself one a week now! xx

  1. Liz Walker says:

    Mmmm your dad’s bacon, tom and basil sanwich looks amazing, i could easily scoff that right now 🙂 well done with the chemo session’s and the ice gloves on hands and feet, hope you do get feeling back in your finger soon xx

  2. Mike in says:

    Hi.

    You don’t know me, but I ran across your blog tonight and I read the entire thing. I spent half of it smiling and the other half crying.

    It’s a funny coincidence, because I just noticed that it’s a year to the day since I was diagnosed with MS. It’s not cancer, that’s for sure, although I can sympathize about the steroids and the insomnia that goes with them (to me, it felt like someone lit a nasty, smokey fire in my chest which just smoldered there dully for days) as well as the adventure of waking up each day to discover what new and exciting random weirdness will occur next with your body.

    The most surreal part of the whole experience, though, was discovering that there’s an entire parallel universe that exists like some kind of spectral realm hidden just below our everyday lives. It has its own language, and rituals, and calendar, and customs that you’re never even aware of until you find yourself numbered among the population.

    I’m sorry you had join the Life Isn’t Fair Club, if only for a time, but with your attitude it won’t be forever. I’ll spare you the cliches, because I find that sort of thing irritating when people try it on me, but I just feel the need to say that you are ridiculously brave. It’s profoundly humbling, and, for what it’s worth, reading your story told so frankly helps me think that if you can keep going through what you’re dealing with, maybe I can too. So thanks for that.

    Mike

    • Hi Mike, thanks so much for your wonderful message. I had just been admitted to hospital yesterday with an infection when I got it and it brought a tear to my eye! It’s heartening in a way to know that a complete stranger would be moved enough to read my entire blog! I have met various complete strangers through the Internet during this journey – most of them fellow cancer sufferers and now yourself – and it’s just comforting, I suppose, that we can make these connections and share a mutual understanding of what it’s like to have a horrible disease. Sometimes people don’t understand how I can be positive during this experience but it is honestly through hearing from people who’ve had similar experiences and who show such warmth and kindness for fellow sufferers that is helping me get through it, so thank you!
      People say I’m brave a lot, but the thing is, you can’t do anything but be brave, right? It’s not like we have a choice. Diseases like cancer are horrible but there are always, always silver linings to be had. I don’t know much about MS but I hope you manage to find some positives too and, if nothing else, just live your life the way you want to live it, to the extent that you can, without having any regrets.
      Wishing you the absolute best and sending lots of strength,
      Laura

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