Today was a day I had heard a lot about on the chemo grape vine. Oh yes. There is one. We talk you know. Up until today, I have been taking steroids. These pesky little blighters have been giving me the jitters and shaking me up a bit but they have almost certainly have given me energy too. People talk about today leading to crashing energy levels and total exhaustion. I was not looking forward to it.
But, I reasoned, it is only my first cycle. Chemo is cumulative so I really should not be that exhausted yet. Plenty of people manage to carry on pretty much as normal. Many even keep working.
All I can say is: pants. I. Am. Knackered. I know it will get worse. I know however tired I feel now, it is nothing compared to how I will feel after cycle 6. But really, that knowledge is not helpful. I have spent the day yawning. Or half dozing. I did make it out of the house briefly but nearly fell asleep in the car on the way home from buying a dozen eggs, a loaf of bread, 4 cheese scones and a pair of Sea Bands. Just as well I wasn’t driving.
However, I am no longer nauseous! Let joy be unconfined! My mouth is less sore – more rejoicing. And apart from the tiredness, I actually feel quite well again. Hurrah! This afternoon my scalp has been quite tingly which is the oddest sensation. Whether that is a herald of the Great Shedding, or whether it is linked to my afternoon researching hair loss remains to be seen. It does seem early. But I have fine hair and apparently that tends to go sooner rather than later. Day 5 seems a little early though.