Recovery From Cycle One Hi-Dose ICE Chemotherapy


recovery cycle 1I’ve finally come up for a bit of air and wanted to keep you all apprised of my recovery. I was admitted to the hospital on Feb 28th, and although the chemo infusions only lasted three days, I spent five days in the hospital due to severe nausea. This chemo was harsh and a rough experience. I basically vomited every couple hours for 10 days from the start, and didn’t have a bowel movement for 7 days. I had intense gastrointestinal pain, all over body itching from the chemo eking out of my pores, muscle pain, weakness and fatigue like I’ve never felt before. Not just tired. Fatigued. There is a huge difference. It was crippling and all I could do was lay there. I didn’t even have the energy to walk one lap around the hospital floor. It felt like someone sucked the life force out of my soul, ripped all the muscle off my bones and left me with a jello and toothpick body.

The nurse told me that my foaming at the mouth and quivering lips were apparently from new taste buds overproducing saliva, and the all-over-body burning rash since being discharged home was because I had overdosed on Septra, a drug taken twice a day on Saturdays & Sundays to prevent pneumonia, and I was mistakenly administering to myself twice a day every day. OK, so lesson learned is that I need someone to help me organize my medications so that I don’t make an error like this again when I’m in my drug induced fog. My oversized medi-set is a pretty fun multi-colored contraption, but proven to only be as helpful as the person who fills it.

All that misery said, I’m happy to report that, in the last week since coming home from the hospital, I’ve been on an upward path to recovery. Thank you so much to my Aunties Peggy, Jo Ann and other friends for sharing delicious and nutritious healing foods that got my bowels moving, and have set me on the course of seeking out nutrient rich foods to build my strength before the next round begins on March 28th. I will return to work on Mon (3/14) to work 2 days a week until the next round begins.

If you’re able to donate your blood before the 28th, I would be most appreciative.

Thank you to all who have continued to pray with me, checked in on me and remain connected through this network. I apologize if I’ve been too drugged up to remember our conversations, but know that I’m always appreciative of your care and support. It’s because of all of you that I am able to continue seeking the light!

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