Still here!

G'day all!

I'm still here, still alive, survived the first day of chemo. Now it is the day after and what am I noticing?

Not having taken a Zyrtec (hayfever and itching) and a certain dragging feeling. I feel ok but sorta vaguely tired. (I just carried in some shopping and I feel like sitting down for the nonce.) And facial flushing, apparently a side effect of dexamethasone.

I have taken three different anti-nausea drugs this morning and have another in reserve. I'm not feeling too bad that way - I feel a bit off but if I am doing other stuff, it is easily ignored. To date. Whilst I'm on the drugs anyway. My stomach is telling me it is lunchtime (quite likely as it is 1:30pm) so a spot of lunch is in order.

Having to drink at least two litres of fluid a day is a bit of a drag but that is what peppermint tea and juice and water and jelly and soup is for. They say eat a healthy diet but it seems that if you are having nausea issues or sore mouth issues (not there yet, hopefully won't have much trouble that way) then any fluid and sustenance is good. "Whatever you tolerate." Currently I seem to tolerate everything, mainly cos I've just started and came off a reasonably healthy base.

This afternoon we are getting a dishwasher and a microwave. Expensivos dishwasher but highly recommended and if we buy a crap one we'll just have to replace it after being peeved with it.

Tomorrow we expect to have peoples around for a hair cutting party (and cleaning and furniture moving and maybe even painting!). I'll have to save up my energy for that. Hopefully we will have a functional house then - currently we have a bedroom full of stuff, a spare room full of stuff, a couch drying outside after getting soaked by the remain of a tropical cyclone...

Still haven't downloaded pics. Got so many pics to share but we are still setting up our computers and fixing up disk problems and blah blah blah. (This is to say DH is doing these things.) So you'll just have to wait for pics of January's socks and two hats and some lovely sunsets.



  1. I have found that peppermint tea is an excellent thing, when I feel a bit horrid in the stomach department with some of my drugs. Glad you are not feeling too bad, good news. Happy Hair cutting party!!!
    Does your clinic have access to the Look Good Feel Better seminars?? They are really good and fun. If you are interested here's the link:

  2. Ginger is good for nausea too. A hair cutting party sounds like a great idea.

  3. Glad to hear the first chemo session is now behind you, and that it's all underway, at last. Sending good thoughts and hugs!

    We got a good drenching here in the Southern Highlands yesterday, too...107mm of rain! Sorry about your couch...

  4. Glad to hear everything went well!!

  5. So glad the first chemo-day, and day after, weren't too bad. On your way to wellness!

  6. Glad the first session went well, and the after-effects aren't too bad! Good luck with the house stuff too (have to say I waited years to get a dishwasher and it is so worth it!)

  7. Anonymous4:12 pm

    Glad to hear you are doing well.A girl from Ravelry hooked me up with your great blog. A friend of mine just finished chemo and radiation at the same time.She said peppermint helped a great deal. I'm only doing radiation for my breast cancer. Beslt wishes.

  8. Glad to hear you re holding up!!Havent talked to SIL yet this weekend,shes just finished 2nd round,I have to find a nice button/pin to find for the side bit,shes not girly girly!
    Looking forward to seeing how your house AKA manor is coming along!!

  9. Haircut, huh? Interesting!!! Glad the side effects are being gentle on you, hope they stay that way.

  10. Good to hear that the treatment is underway. Take care of yourself.


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