CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENT 5
This was the first chemo on the new medicine.
New side effects. More constant. But bearable at the same time.
The new drug is Paclitaxol.
With the variation in drugs for the next four chemos, I was a little worried about the side effects. To be honest rightfully so, as there is one side effect which I’m a little annoyed about. Though, I’m thankful it’s not as bad as it could be.
It’s the odd sensation of pins and needles in my hands and feet, which also feels a little numb. The sensation is constant and heightens during the injections, but reduces a little before my next chemo.
So they start me off with a large sized anti-sickness pill to swallow.
Then start me on the drip. First with an anti-allergen of Piriton. It’s very strong and actually knocks me out most the time and I get a little nap.
Then they hook up more anti-sickness (steroids) and then the Paclitaxol for about 2 hours.
As the drip is connected to my Port on my chest the liquid does pass through my body much quicker. Which sometimes gives me a weird feeling of shortness of breath and a painless pressure in my breathing.
But as usual I lay back and relax, put the recliner up and time flies.
I’m always talking to my chemo friends when I’m there and making new friends.
I find that it’s important to talk to others there, it’s a form of support, no matter how small the conversation. Especially when there’s those chemo patients who come alone – its nice to give them company.