It’s been a while!

Happy New Year!!

Sorry I haven’t checked in since before Christmas. I was chemo sick during the holiday and haven’t had much new stuff to report.

I can say that I didn’t have the texture issues with food that I have had in previous cycles, with the exception of potatoes last week. I had steak fries at lunch on Friday when we went out for Brad’s birthday, and the texture of the fries felt gritty and gross. Same problem with McDonald’s fries when Brad and I were road-tripping. I’ve been avoiding French fries ever since. Probably not entirely a bad thing, but I can’t say I’ll never eat another French fry again. Ha. Right.

All in all, the fatigue this cycle has been brutal as always, and I’ve had this insane sinus garbage going on. The sinus issues are causing an evil post-nasal drip that will not go away, and subsequent dry cough, particularly in the AM and late PM. I tried a humidifier, and I’m not sure if the humidifier doesn’t work, or if the humidifier just isn’t helping. So there’s that. I’ve also tried a variety of meds. Most alleviate some, but not all, of the symptoms, so it’s just not worth it to take them. I have enough of a cocktail going on.

I took the generic Prilosec for heartburn this time around, and it either worked or I didn’t have heartburn, at least not in the beginning of the cycle. I started taking it the evening of chemo as sort of a preventative measure, and like I said, it either worked or I never had the heartburn, which works for me either way. I did have heartburn a couple days ago, and a combination of Tums and Prilosec knocked it out. Yay.

Diarrhea is still super present. It’s been the one constant through this entire experience. I’m not sure what I’ll do when I’m finally regular again. It has become the new normal for me to be irregular, but I’ve learned how to manage and alleviate some of the less than desirable things associated with diarrhea (which, let’s get real here, is pretty much everything associated with diarrhea). Vaseline is my best friend. I even bought one of the small tubs (normally used as lip gloss) to keep in my purse for emergencies.

My last chemo is January 8th. I’m super excited for that part of this journey to be over and done with. I’ll still have to go for injections for the hormones, and I’ll find out the schedule for that on the 8th, but the days won’t be as long and the side effects won’t be as bad (except for the hot flashes, yuck!).

I hope everyone reading has had a nice holiday season! Despite feeling utterly crappy on Christmas, I had a nice day. And despite falling asleep before midnight last night, I had a nice evening yesterday as well.

8 thoughts on “It’s been a while!

  1. Kerry Bate January 1, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    Try Vick’s plug in vapors for your sinus and dry cough issue. They can be super soothing, and –bonus– you don’t need to ingest anything into your body for them to work!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jennifer Elkins January 1, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      I will when I return the humidifier to Walgreens. I saw them, but wanted something plain to start, but it has been completely useless.

      Like

  2. Carolyn January 1, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    Why do these comments say 6:02pm and 6:13pm, when it is only1:30pm in the eastern US?

    Like

    • Jennifer Elkins January 1, 2018 / 7:10 pm

      Because I’m coming to you from the future…stop nitpicking.

      Like

  3. Debbie January 1, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    Happy New Year Jenn! Stay positive. You’re almost to the finish line!
    Love your New York Cousins,
    Debbie, Jay, John & Jessica
    Chris, Maria, Gabriella, Christopher, Anthony, Andrea
    Cheryl, Peter, Taylor & Hayley
    Aunt Barbara Tassa
    💜😘💜😘💜😘💜😘💜😘💜😘💜😘💜😘💜😘💜😘💜😘

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Sarah MHiggins January 1, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    my wish for you for 2018 is to regain your health and enjoy the new year.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s