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Week 20- Chemo, What’s it all about Alfie?

Week 20 took me back for my third session of the Lourd (heavy) chemo.  After what felt like a particularly difficult post to write last week, I thought it might be useful to show you what chemotherapy is all about, hence my rather abstract reference to the late, great Cilla Black. 

Laser eyes…

I don’t know about you, but personally, I did not have a clue what ‘chemotherapy’ was until undergoing it myself.  When I say not a clue, if you had told me that chemotherapy involved a nurse standing in front of a patient in Superman stance and blasting them with rays from her eyes, I would probably have believed you, so poor was my knowledge. The fact is however, that it is just a really, long, boring procedure that makes you feel like rubbish, hence why I thought you may want to witness it for yourselves!

Food quiz…

You will have to forgive me during this video for at times repeating myself, and perhaps even appearing a bit stoned.   Another marvellous side-effect of chemotherapy, has been some abject memory loss.  Combine that with coming off of HRT, and is it any wonder that when food shopping with my mother, I had to allow her to guess at what vegetable I was describing when I couldn’t recall the word and had to say ‘like cauliflower but green’*? 

The side-effects of chemo three have definitely been different to both one and two.  I have found myself waking up every day with what I can only describe as a hangover headache. Unfortunately without the benefit and the joy of the alcohol consumption that goes with it.  This usually lasts until about 11am, at which point I tend to have about a two hour window to feel relatively normal before fatigue kicks in. 

Oooh, hindsight…

I am also kicking myself due to the fact that when my oncologist visited me during chemo 3 to ask how I was going and what side-effects I was experiencing, I didn’t just say ‘ooh yes, Doctor, terrible constipation’.  If I had said that, then maybe he wouldn’t have thought to himself ‘no constipation?  well, we can’t have that now can we? Let’s just throw that one into the mix’.  Yes, hindsight is a wonderful thing. 

Bleurgh…

I also have to confess that now, when I watch this video a week later, the sight of that lunch actually wants to make me vomit.  Even the thought of it during chemo week made me want to retch.  How can a hospital in any way, shape or form, even consider that to be food that a person with constant nausea would ever want to eat? Where is Nathan Outlaw when you need him?  Anyway, I digress.  Oh yes, and as for the medical mask hanging off of my ear, I can only apologise. 

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