Just a quick update telling you how things went. To all of our surprise, I tolerated the new regimen very well. I was brief when explaining it before – so let me tell you how it works. I take one medication every 12 hours for 14 days. I chose 9 am and 9 pm. On days 10-14 I double up and take another medication at night.
Reading the side effects on chemotherapy is always daunting; this regimen isn’t any exception. The most serious one is nausea/vomiting. Since the meds are oral if I throw them up then what’s the point? There are also concerns for extremely dry hands and feet amongst other less-exciting side effects. On day 10, I woke up at midnight dry heaving for an hour. Now let me tell you, I have experienced my fair share of vomit – whether it was in college after a keg stand, or since my diagnosis. But, this dry heaving was like, “Buckle up. You are in for a ride.” I woke up the next morning with busted blood vessels from my face to my chest. My abs actually hurt and I threw my neck out from dry heaving so hard. It was awful. But, in an effort to keep my “glass half full attitude”, it was a walk in the park compared to the last regimen.
Now it’s entirely possible that the second round will be more difficult, as the cumulative effect is always a scary thought and reality. But for now, I will shrug it off as not that big of a deal and something that I can see myself handling in the future.
I’ve said it before: I have cancer, but cancer does not have me.