The morning of #6, my body preemptively felt anxious with an unsettled stomach. I believe my mind was playing tricks on me knowing that I would soon feel the side effects that chemo will have on me.
I went through the regular motions at my appointment; checked in, got my paper ID wrist band printed & put on, went back to the infusion area where I got my blood drawn from my port-a-cath, went back to the waiting room where I waited for the nurse to call me back, when I got called, the nurse weighed me, took my blood pressure, and reviewed my medicine list (which is extensive & complicated). Then I waited for my Oncologist to come in and review my blood count to make sure another round of chemo is safe to do.
I got the okay to start round six. I bought up a couple new concerns to my doctor:
– unwanted facial hair, wanting him to test my hormone levels, which he tested and I’ll get results next time I see him.
– wanting a recommendation to see a naturopath, he suggested Red Cedar Wellness.
The following four days after chemo I felt nauseous but did not throw up. The chemical taste in my mouth was prominent during those days. Just when I was feeling better and getting my appetite back, the mouth ulcers came. I cried. A cluster of them where on the tip of my tongue as well as both sides. It was painful to even have my tongue rest in my mouth. I stopped talking (try that when you are raising a 16month old who should be encouraged to talk) and I only ate sparingly.
I met with a naturopath doctor at Red Cedar Wellness who specializes in oncology. I left feeling encouraged and ready to try new things. The doctor added four new vitamins to my diet and strongly suggests I follow the Paleo-Mediterranean Diet. We talked about other therapies to help me get through chemo like: massage and acupuncture. I’m so glad I reached out to add another person to my team.
I am praying for a week of copious food, laughter, fun and love.
Chemo #7 (of 12) Wednesday May 13th
Acupuncture Thursday May 14th (specifically to help reduce nausea)