Thought I should maybe say something on how my chemo is going to be structured. I am on a 14-day cycle. Day 1 and Day 2 are chemo-input days, then days 3-13 are rest and recovery days, with day 14 being visit-the-vampire days to check that my blood count has redeemed itself back to a normal value ready for the new chemo cycle beginning the following day. The current schedule takes me up until the middle of May.
I am now on day 5 of cycle 1 (C1:D5). The side effects haven’t been as bad as I anticipated so far, although I have to confess that I saw very little of Saturday, having slept most of the day and night. I remember reading somewhere once that your brain can’t cope with two different areas of pain at the same time, so if you want to distract yourself from one pain, you should find another. This would appear to be true because far worse than the side effects (so far this cycle) has been the pain and inconvenience caused by the surgical procedure I had to undergo in order to put a port device into my chest that will allow the hospital to give the chemo shots, and take blood, without needing to play hide-and-seek with my incredibly shy veins. Being incapacitated down my right arm/hand while this implant heals over is no joke, my left hand has no idea what to do with the mouse buttons and apparently is in no hurry to learn (old dog, new tricks syndrome perhaps?)! Thankfully, the pain from this is healing and I am now able to type a bit, if not yet stitch, once again with my right hand.
Despite the pain and fatigue for days 1-3 of the first cycle, yesterday I did notice that I was able to do something. Not much, but something. Something more than I have been able to do for months because I just haven’t had the energy to think about doing something never mind actually doing it. I want to stitch. So much fabric, so little time (even if I lived until I was 90 there wouldn’t be enough time!) Yesterday however I was focused enough to get a book out and think about making something. Today, I am even considering venturing into dressmaking having seen a dress that is so me on the stitching tv channel this morning. This provides me with as much optimism as to how the treatment may positively affect my life status, as it will fill Mikael with dread as to how the same activity will negatively affect the bank balance! Hahaha Oh how I adore sewingquarter.com!