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Sep. 27th, 2006 | 08:50 pm

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“Hello. So it's two days since I had chemotherapy and uhm you know I have to say it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Uhm. That's a great thing. That doesn't mean that I'm not experiencing side effects. And by far the worst side effects were on Monday when I went in and they had prepared me for getting the chemo first with compazine. And the compazine is an anti-nausea and is in the same family has Thorazine and other things like that. And for some reason some people have this effect where it makes you incredibly restless and gives you the sense of crawling out of your skin. And unfortunately I'm in that camp and so I spent the next six hours crawling out of my skin and incredibly restless and it was not fun at all. But that made the chemo pretty easy. Actually I couldn't really feel the Docotaxel much at all. And although it's a day or so later I'm feeling some of the side effects but so far they haven't been that severe. I just have up and down energy. A little more fatigued, a little more pain. My nausea so far is pretty much controlled. Although I have to take a new drug called Ativan. It's kinda like Valium but it also has an anti-naseua and that goes along with Prednisone which is a steroid and an upper. The Prednisone makes it harder to sleep at night. I definitely have active dreams and stuff like that. But again you know if this chemotherapy is working the way it should, moving into the areas of my body where the tumor is and killing the tumor then I'm game. I'm going to keep doing this.

If not, we'll find something else that does work. So anyway that's what's been going on. Beth and I definitely rode the high of our wedding late into sunday night until I had to prepare for the chemo on monday. And uhm we're still throughly enjoying ourselves and plan to continue. And once again thank you so much for all of you that were there and those of you that weren't but wanted to be there. And uhm, I guess the other thing I have to say is right now I'm feeling a little less social. So I'm a little less inclined to want to talk on the phone very long or uhm... do much this week. You know but please don't forget about me, it's just how I'm feeling right now. I'm just trying to adapt to this chemo. Alright. Thanks a lot, you'll hear from me real soon.”

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Thinking of you

from: lanihorn
date: Sep. 29th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
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Jer,

We've been thinking about you, respecting your need to be less social, but never ever are you far from our thoughts...

Could you let me know your chemo schedule, as it stands?

xoxo

Sis

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from: anonymous
date: Sep. 29th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
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Jeremy-- Congratulations on your wedding! I like the way you are moving forward with your life! Reading your account of the chemo brings back memories for me. The chemo was not as bad as I thought it would be either. I also drank lots of water to flush the chemicals out of my body and later on did acupuncture to help me bounce back faster. I think it helped. At any rate, you'll find what works for you. Again, the best for you now and always. --Barb Blum

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