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Unread 10-05-2002, 05:54 AM
Started Chemo Finally

I got my first chemo Thurs. I now feel that I am really fighting this thing. The attack is on against any little cancer critters left over from surgery.

I was tired and achy yesterday with a mild nausea. My onc ordered zofran to take every 8 hours for the 1st 2 days. That seems to work. I have also been drinking a lot of juice and ginger ale. I used to be a morning coffee drinker but I don't even want any. So maybe my tastes are changing.

I'm keeping a record of how I feel day by day after chemo. That way I can plan on developing a return to work plan.
I'm hoping that I can return to work at least part time between chemo treatments. I really miss that part of my life.

Thanks for listening.
I love having all of you nearby.
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Unread 10-05-2002, 07:10 AM
Started Chemo Finally

s Ruth

Sounds like your first chemo went off without a hitch!! Great. In a few days you will find your taste buds return to normal. And if you have received Decadron as a premed, your appetite will return as well with a vengence.

If I recall, you are an RN. Please be so careful about returning to work. Your blood counts will most likely bottom out at day ten thru fourteen. And just as they are rebounding it is time for another treatment. Are you directly involved with patient care? Will your co workers mind if you care for the less ill patients for awhile? I know my own onc did not want me anywhere near the hospital where I work during chemo. Except for my weekly lab work.
You sound great.

Unread 10-05-2002, 08:04 AM
Started Chemo Finally

Hi Ruth,
So glad to hear you did well with your first chemo. The Zofran is a good anti nausea med for most and I am sure will do the trick.

Like Karen, I didn't work through my chemo either. As it builds up in your system you may find you are more tired as well.

I sailed through my first round and actually thought I might be able to work during the off weeks, but I had 7 chemo days every 3 weeks, and soon found out working wasn't going to be possible. But others here have worked throughout their treatments when it was 1 day every 3 weeks, so everyone is different.

Continued good luck and many hugs and prayers to you!!
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Unread 10-05-2002, 08:27 AM
Started Chemo Finally

Hi Ruth!

So glad to hear you've finally started the chemo treatments! While not entirely pleasant, it does make you feel like you're finally "fighting" it for real doesn't it?

I think if I'm remembering correctly, you're on the Carbo/Taxol combo aren't you? One thing I did on that combo was always schedule them on Fridays so I only missed the one day of work every three weeks. By the following Monday I was over the worst of any side effects, slept them away over the weekends

I don't work in a hospital however, so I'm not sure how that would affect things. My bosses worked with me so much and that enabled me to split the days, half from home, half at work.

I had good luck with the Zofran as well, that along with Kytril during the day and Ativan at night kept the worst of any nausea at bay.

I hope you'll have minimal side effects and are able to work something out with your work. Keep us posted on how things are going for you.


Unread 10-05-2002, 02:56 PM
With you in spirit there...

I'm glad you've started the chemo--may it destroy permanently every little cancer cell hiding in your body and bring you into permanent remission! I know the wait's been frustrating for you but now you're taking the action! Best wishes for easy chemos all through.
Unread 10-05-2002, 03:21 PM
Started Chemo Finally

Glad that treatment one is over for you. I found that over time I was able to go to work part time one week after each round of q3wk chemo (but I am no longer in the health field).
Take good care!
Unread 10-05-2002, 03:56 PM
Started Chemo Finally


I'm so glad you were able to get started! It must make you feel better to know that you are actively fighting off those cells now. I think it's a great idea to keep a journal of how you are feeling.

Take good care of yourself. Try to rest and eat as well as you can. I will be keeping you in my 'ers.

Unread 10-05-2002, 08:46 PM

Hey Sweetie,
Just wanted to add my Congrats on getting started with your chemo. I understand, all to well, how ya feel about finally starting the FIGHT. Now you're on your way to getting healthy!! Please know that we'll all be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as you journey down your treatment road, and anytime you need us, we're here!! And hey, don't forget the mascot of CC... The Hippo in the pink tu tu is always available to bring a little comfort to any day that may seem to need a little lightening up...

Hang in there Ruth, sounds like you're doing great!!

Hugs and prayers and always Angels,
Unread 10-06-2002, 07:31 AM
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Hi Ruth.....Congrats on a good first chemo treatment. I was on the same chemo and just had my last treatment the beginning of September. I guess all doctors are different and all people are different but I worked the whole time i was getting chemo and my doctor did not have a problem with it. In fact, she said, that people that continue with their daily routines and work habits, do much better. And let me tell you, besisdes a hospital, i work in the next germiest place around... I am a nursery school teacher and worked during the summer in the daycamp. Wanna talk germs!!! lol I used to schedule my chemo on Thursdays because the day after, Friday, i was fine but the next 2 days, Sat. and Sun. i was achy and icky..But by monday i was back to normal again. I took a different nausea pill and it was great... One every day for 3 days after treatment and never felt sick that way. If you ever want any more information on Taxol and carbo, let me know... will be glad to give you my side of the story....
Good luck.. i really does go fast.
Unread 10-06-2002, 09:20 AM
Started Chemo Finally

It's good you started the chemo. Nothing beats being proactive and knowing you're killing those cells. Remember, women are stronger than cancer *punch*, and in groups we are an awesome power.

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