Mo chemo mo problems!


I must give credit where credit is due…shout out to my friend Katie for the idea of the blog title. Good one.

Well my “good week” kind of sucked. Turns out Mack must have really been sick when he vommed everywhere in our house last week, because then a few nights later, I started puking, as did Derek. It took Derek and Mack about 6 hours to get over their illnesses, but me?…4 days. AWFUL. Damn lack of immune system! I finally started feeling better on Sunday, and now here comes chemo again tomorrow already. Chemo, you sneaky bitch.

OK I’m going to talk about something that many people have inquired about, but I have to start with a disclaimer….MOM AND DAD, AND ANY OTHER RELATIVE OF MINE, LOOK AWAY FOR THE NEXT PARAGRAPH!…K THANKS!

…now that we’ve got that out of the way….

Sex during chemo. A lot of people have asked about this, and its a valid question. As per my oncologist, If Derek and I want to have sex within the first 4 days post chemo, we can, only he would have to wear more than one condom for protection against possible infection to his pee-pee. The potential infection would be due to the potency of my chemo drugs. Now for those of you who are going through chemo currently, every case is different, as every type and dose of drug is different for each person, so you would have to check with your oncologist. Now all that being said…….has anyone read my previous blog posts about how awful I feel for a week after chemo?! Who in their right mind would want to do it anyways?!! And furthermore, if you were told to wear 3 condoms for the first 4 days, would you REALLY feel comfortable at any point beyond that?!! If I were a guy, I sure wouldn’t!! And in addition to all of that, cancer patients with neutrapenia (me) are at a much higher risk of infection during sex. Not to mention I certainly am feeling extra sexy these days, what with my bald head and sunken-in features! Oy. This is just item #2345675 to the “Schleppy Wife” list I guess.

OK MOM AND DAD YOU CAN CHECK BACK IN NOW.

Other things this week…

Even though I was feeling crappy, I was able to visit with a good friend of mine from high school on Sunday, which was awesome. **SIDE NOTE: I definitely lost touch with a lot of my friends from high school since going to college etc., but since my diagnosis, they have proven to me what amazing people they are. It’s amazing how we can just pick up where we left off even after many years, and I hope they all realize how much I appreciate them for their kindness and support.** We talked about old times, caught up on current news, and compared our childrens’ tantrums. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt so incredibly normal, and I can’t wait to meet up again–hopefully along with my other high school friends who I haven’t seen in a long time

I’ve been feeling EXTREMELY overwhelmed trying to write out/keep up with thank you notes to everyone who have given us gifts, prayers, food, money, gift cards, toys for mack, flowers, etc. etc. I feel horrible that it has taken me so long, and I haven’t even made a dent. Not to mention, I know there are people who I may have forgotten to add to my long list of IOUs for thank you cards, which I’m feeling horrible about. I’m not quite sure what is the standard procedure/tact for someone in my situation…are thank you notes expected?? Well If you don’t receive one, please don’t hate me. It’s hard enough remembering to shower these days! Just know how much we REALLY REALLY appreciate EVERYTHING!

I got this awesome new cookbook called “The Cancer Kitchen”. It’s really amazing.

I’ve made quite a few recipes already, and they actually taste really good and are packed with flavor. The book breaks down the science behind food; what is good for you and what is not. Which types of herbs/spices etc help with specific symptoms you may be experiencing. The book is primarily geared for people who are currently undergoing chemotherapy to help maintain your weight, curb nausea, and even help to boost your immune system when you have neutropenia. Highly recommended!!

I still have not received my results from my visit with the infectious disease specialist last week, so here’s hoping for some good news at my appointment tomorrow! Gearing up to watch my LOST re-runs on the ipad for 6 hours! Wish me luck!

Good things:
1) Bachelor Mondays: My cousins come over every Monday to watch the Bachelor, a ritual which began last year. It’s great. We have a nice dinner, drink wine, and comment on stupid the show is. It makes me feel normal, especially when I can’t go anywhere!
2) Finally feeling better after nearly 10 days straight of nausea!
3) Only able to work a few days over the past week, but felt pretty productive doing it!
4) My good friend Lisa is coming in town this weekend from NC with her new baby Weston, and I can’t wait to see them! Visitors are my saving grace these days! (well as long as you’re not bringing germs into our house!)

Bad things:
1) Chemo tomorrow. SUCK.
2) Literally as I’m typing this, Dakota just puked all over our kitchen rug, and it looks like tree bark. Gross.
3) Being stuck inside. Getting a little stir crazy, and I think my husband and son are getting sick of me.

Here’s to a good week!!

SHOUT OUTS!
*Congrats to my good friend Megan and her new baby girl! Welcome to the world, little Zoey Michelle!
*Thanks to Chris P. for your support by running in this awful weather!
*Thanks in advance to my husband for not getting mad at me for posting about sex
*Shout out to Jason K….that was the best. picture. ever. I’m going to blow it up to a nice engineer-print size!

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