As you know, Patty had her first chemo this past Tuesday. She did remarkably well through the process. She has been feeling great this entire week… then yesterday hit. Wham! Like a freight train! She woke up feeling a little tired and as the day progressed that feeling turned into big time fatigue with, as the doctors and nurses predicted, “flu-like symptoms.” (By the way, the phrase “flu-like symptoms” doesn’t give it any credit.) I got home a little early yesterday, around 2:00 p.m. Patty was sitting on the sofa and you could see in her eyes that she wasn’t feeling well at all. I brought her pillows and she crashed for a good 1 1/2 to 2 hour nap. She woke up feeling better, but not 100%. I could see her doing better as the evening progressed, hoping that she had turned the corner. This morning she woke up feeling really well! She said she wants to get on the treadmill this morning before we start our day! That’s a good sign!
So, we know what to expect in future treatments. They say that the chemo will build up over each treatment and the symptoms get stronger. So be it. She still has a very positive attitude and she knows she’s getting better!
Monday, Sept 6th. Ok… so I had to add to this post. We were hoping she had turned the corner, but we were wrong. She woke up Saturday morning feeling pretty good. She actually went on the treadmill and walked two miles! I was impressed. She returned from the gym saying she felt pretty good, but a little nauseous. She took a nausea pill and everything seemed to go away. But, I could see her sinking as the day went on. Her eyes don’t lie! Early afternoon, she told me that she didn’t want to be cooped up in the condo. (that condo can feel pretty confining!) We decided to take a drive over to Coronado, be by the beach, and have a late lunch over at the Hotel Del. We almost made it, then Patty told me she didn’t feel well so we turned around and headed for home. We did stop in Rancho Bernardo and had lunch at Islands. Food really helped her. She ate a good lunch and seemed to be on the mend again. We went home and as the evening approached, she wasn’t feeling well again. We had a very quiet night.
She woke up Sunday feeling pretty good. We got up and had a light breakfast. I’d ask how she was feeling and if you know Patty she’ll always say “I’m fine. I’m sure Patty was wondering what was up with me as I kept staring at her trying to size up how she was really feeling. As I said, her eyes tell it all. We showered and dressed and headed off to church. (Church is always a good thing for us as it takes our mind off of any troubles we have!) On the way Patty said: “I don’t understand it.” She continued: “When you’re diagnosed with cancer, you physically feel fine. You feel normal. You can do anything. But when they treat you for cancer, you feel horrible, physically and mentally!” It’s so true! We returned home from church and I asked if she wanted to go out somewhere for the afternoon. She looked at me with those big blue eyes of hers and apologized, saying she just didn’t have it in her to go anywhere or do anything. That was ok. Patty then went into the bedroom and took a good two-hour, if not longer, nap. I cleaned the deck, watered the plants and watched the Padres lose their 10th game in a row! (That’s another blog!)
Patty was able to go for a short outing with me to the grocery store and that was about it. We had another quiet night at home.
I’m hoping today (Monday) will be a better day for Patty. We’re both learning just how powerful chemo really is. I just want her to feel better. I know each day will get better for her, but the question is… when???