After getting over my initial upset tummy from chemo, it returned worse yesterday and I ended up a bit dehydrated – we rung Auckland hospital and they said to go to Middlemore A&E and get them to do a full blood count etc. Poor OH -didnt even get time for dinner last night – came home from work and then we spent rest of evening on the phone to hospital then going to hospital. We got home about midnight.
The good news is that I wasnt neutropenic. – my cell count wasnt in the danger zone so that was good and I was allowed home once they rehydrated me. You tend to realise you are bit dehydrated when they give you 2 1-litre bags of IV saline. I’m going to try eating later on today – at the moment we are just seeing what effect me drinking fluids is having.
I try not to get frustrated with my body’s determination to make these cycles of chemo as challenging as possible. I am doing my best to look after myself and do all the right things but my body still seems to have a tendency to react the wrong way and there is nothing I can do about it. Part of me thinks why am I taking all these anti-nausea tablets etc if they aren’t blimin going to work.
I still have to worry a little about my cell count going down towards the end of this week but after that I wont need to worry so much – I’m looking forward to that. I am looking forward to the end of my taxotere chemo because its the one that is causing all the bad side effects at the moment. 3 cycles down only 3 more to go hopefully.