I will soon be a champ!
Blogging today as there has been a change with my health over the last five days. Even though the chemo didn’t seem to effect me like it usually does, which maybe because it’s not as strong as day one of the cycle (according to the doc), I have been suffering with aches and pains and a sore stomach.
It began on Wednesday evening, my lower back ached and I had little twinges all over my body. The majority of the pain was in my lower back, although I suffered little twinges in the back of my arms and legs. I knew I was in for a treat as it was day 4 post treatment. The docs tell me not to take paracetamol for pain as it masks a fever, but I checked my tempreture and opted for the paracetamol. I had been prescribed Tremadol for severe pain, but I just didn’t like the idea of taking it. I had taken it before and I know it can make you feel drowsy and a little away with the fairies. In the end the pain got worse and I took the Tremadol. It made me feel so weird. By Friday I was going crazy, I was short tempered, crying lots and generally didn’t feel myself.
On Friday I decided to leave the Tremadol alone, it wasn’t good for me. My stomach was killing and I felt agitated. I called my GP and asked him to prescribe me Lansoprosol to help line my stomach. I thought taking all the meds could be the problem..It didn’t help. During Saturday I kept drinking warm water and applied heat to soothe the discomfort (heat always helps for me). I had been awake all hours of Friday night and I was so tired. So I got as much sleep as I could and plus ANTHONY JOSHUA was boxing that night too, I had to stay awake to watch. Haha
Well long story short I couldn’t sit up and watch AJ, but Darren managed to stream it on his phone for me, so I woke up to watch and then went back to sleep.
I thought I had the “toilet” issues under control by taking lactulose since Saturday (the day I had treatment), but this Saturday proved wrong. I had like a burning sensation in my tummy. I couldn’t stand up straight. I tried drinking warm water and manouka honey, which actually seemed to help, but after dealing with it for a few days I called the on call doctor for some professional advice. He explained that although the lactulose helps with bowel movement it can cause stomach cramps… This was obviously what I was experiencing derrrrr! Haha. Doc told me to take Buscopan three times a day. I did and It has helped.
Yesterday I dragged myself out the house, I’ve noticed that my energy levels have dropped loads and it annoys me that I can’t stand for too long either. However my instructing skills are getting good. “Darren could you get the black jeans out, actually not them ones the blue ones” haha.
So, they are all the physical symptoms I’ve experienced. Mentally I’m ok, I think. I mean being in doors can get you down , but I can’t afford to pick up any infections. Thursday I’m due to see my consultant and Saturday will be day one of cycle three. Can I mention that although my hair is very thin it’s doing pretty well. It is still falling out lots but I do still have hair on my head. Saying this its important to mention that when you are so focused on getting better having hair is not a main concern!
Tomorrow I’m booked into a Look Good, Feel Better workshop. Apparently there will be a lot of people my age or similar there, I find this daunting to meet others going through the same thing, as I’m not sure how I will respond or deal with it. I’m strong for me, but not for others… Strange!
In the words of our late champion:
“Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”