Monday turned into the day from hell. I came home from work early because I just didn’t feel well. I was beyond exhausted. After a few hours of trying to sleep I began to feel nauseated. That quickly turned into me throwing up before I could take any meds. So I took my temperature because I just didn’t feel right. This had never happened after any of my treatments. And wouldn’t you know it, the dreaded numbers I have been trying to avoid show up on the thermometer, 100.4. I called the doctor and they told me to go to the ER so I could have labs done to check on my blood cell counts. I managed to get sick on the way to the hospital in a parking lot, again in the waiting room bathroom, and then once more as the doctor was talking to me once they took me back and got me in a bed.
After a dose of phenergen and zofran, I was in sleepy land. My labs came back fine and they were guessing I got a virus. I had my flu shot before I started chemo in hopes this would not happen. So they sent me on my way with a prescription for Zofran. After the vomiting stopped I was fortunate to get some sleep, before I spent the next day in the bathroom. Oh joy. So it appears to be either contaminated food I ate or a 24 hour bug. Either way, this is not what I wanted to deal with. Not only am I past the point of exhaustion, my digestive system has been through the ringer with the Chemo and now it hurts to eat or drink anything. I can see the recovery from this isn’t going to be as easy as it normally would. Guess I need to get over the thoughts of my usual bounce back. Just not that simple these days.
Maybe I am trying to hard to be normal and do all of my normal daily activities. I can barely make it 5 hours at work without feeling like I need to sleep. Wondering if I should re-evaluate my working situation with my doctor. Looks like we will be talking on Monday when I have my next treatment. I think it would be helpful if I could find someone who has been through the same treatment regimen that I am on and find out how they handled it. For now I will just try to get as much rest as possible and take it easy.
More to come after treatment #5 on Monday!