Today was a bad day.

No, it wasn’t the worst by far, I’m sure. But it sucked. 

My tongue feels like it’s burnt, like I ate or drink something too hot, if that makes sense? And it seems to have skewed my tastes a bit, particularly with sweet things. I had some soup, and that was OK, but when I tried to drink a Powerade, eat grapes and fruit snacks…no bueno. They tasted horrible. I spit them out. I’m not supposed to eat a lot of sweets anyway during chemo because the sugar/carbs/whatever can cause fungal infections. (Yay!) So it’s not a big problem, probably a good way for me to avoid the sweets, but I wasn’t expecting it, so I couldn’t eat the snacks I brought to work today, and was hangry by the end of the day. And it was a long day because I had class. So waa waa waa. 

I’ve also had some nausea and heartburn throughout the day, and of course, constipation. Because why not? I boast about regularity, and voila! Irregular. So that sucks. The trio of doom are probably all tied together, and hopefully the situation will be rectified soon. 

Other than that, more tiredness. Not quite fatigued. Still a little bit of that buzzed feeling that’s a result of the steroid, I’ve learned. So since today was the last dose of that this cycle, hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. 

My long days, the 8:30am-6:30pm days, are going to be a challenge. I’m going to have to see how that goes over the next week or so, because my focus is pretty much shot by 5:00pm. And that was today with only working 12:00-3:00, and then having class from 4:00pm-6:15pm. Not even a full day! Yikes. 

Anyway, while I’m experiencing a high dose of “feeling sorry for myself” today, I’m still trying to stay positive. The side effects I could be experiencing could be much worse. So there’s that. 

4 thoughts on “Today was a bad day.

  1. Debbie Tassa September 22, 2017 / 11:19 am

    Hang in there. Chemo is a personal experience – some expected side effects but you can have your own personal side effects. Try to keep a sense of humor too – it helps. Sending hugs & Love, Cousin Debbie in NY 😘

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    • Jennifer Elkins September 22, 2017 / 1:34 pm

      Thanks, Debbie. It’s definitely an experience unique to everyone! Thank you for the support! ❤️

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  2. Trisha September 22, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    I hate you had a bad day yesterday. I hope you will have a better day today. Jennifer, I want you to know that I really appreciate your being so open in sharing your journey. This could be happening to anyone of us and your honesty allows me to full understand what you are experiencing and how you are feeling…and for that…I am so thankful and grateful! Always remember you are BRAVER than you think, STRONGER than you seem and LOVED MORE than you know! You are in my thoughts and prayers:-)

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    • Jennifer Elkins September 22, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Thank you, Trisha! I sometimes question how honest I want to be, because bodily functions and all, but sort of like you said, it’s what’s real and that’s helpful. To me and to others. I want to keep my positive spin, and I will, but not at the expense of reality. It won’t always be shiny and happy, and I won’t always find humor, but I’ll sure try!!

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