Halfway Through the First Half – 1/15

Yesterday I had my third chemo treatment. In two weeks I will have my fourth and final treatment with the Adriamycin/Cytoxan combo. Then I will be finished with the first treatments. Two weeks later I will start in with the Taxol (different chemo) treatment… once a week for 12 weeks. Rumor has it that the Taxol doesn’t whup your butt as much as the A/C combo… let’s hope the rumors are true.

What I’ve noticed so far… The first round of A/C combo overall wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. The second round was worse than the first – more fatigue, more constipation, and it took several more days to bounce back. So with that in mind, I’m anticipating that this third round will likely be even a little worse. I’ve tried to be prepared for that by eating my raisin bran and stewed prunes even when my poop has been fine the last few days, and by not committing to anything in particular during this week. Otherwise, it’s one day at a time, with a light at the end of the tunnel.

After spending my morning at NorthStar yesterday, I came home, ate a little lunch (peanut butter toast) and napped until late afternoon. The dogs woke me up as they alerted us to the presence of the UPS driver (yay a package from Creative Memories), and a few minutes later the USPS driver (YAY a package from my Tacoma Pals!!!) What wonderful treats to receive on treatment day. You Tacoma Cardiology peeps are my new favorites, and I’ll have to do a photo shoot to show off all the wonderful “keeping the baldy warm” presents that you sent!! Later…

Now it’s the end of the day after treatment, which I spent watching TV and napping, and eating, and putting drops in my eyes which are watery and irritated today. I even read a real book for a while. No nausea, YAY! I’ll share one bald picture, that I took yesterday. But that’s all the pictures for today. Not much energy today.

Most days I wear my red hat that my sister knit for me because it’s super soft and it keeps this bald head warm. Thank you Mom and Dad for the nicely shaped head.

Author: jbarnescm

Just a regular person, diagnosed with breast cancer 10/2018, making the best of things, and keeping my peeps up to date

2 thoughts on “Halfway Through the First Half – 1/15”

  1. Don’t know if you’re taking Zofran (Ondansetron), but that stuff will constipate you like crazy. I was on it for pregnancy nausea and I didn’t think I would ever poop again. It’s a tough choice between barf and pooping. 😂. Glad you are almost done with A/C. I used to give that in my peds heme/ onc days. It’s hard core!


    1. Yes, I blame the ondansetron… I get it in my pre-chemo cocktail, then can take it “as needed” on the third day post treatment and beyond. Since I have 2 other prn anti-nausea meds, I think I’ll try it without the ondansetron this round. If I start getting nauseous I’ll add it back.. I hate nausea.


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