Doing Better, More Hopeful
I'm doing better. I've gotten more accepting of the side effects of the chemo. I have no choice about it. I have to take it the rest of my life. The pill was once trialed on chondrosarcoma, didn't work. But, is working for my Leukemia. My blood work is very close to normal. I don't know what's happening with my bone marrow, though. Will not have a new bone marrow biopsy for a while. As long as my blood stays how it is, no real pressing need to do it.
Headaches... Tylenol. Pounding pulse, I can do nothing about, just get active and I don't notice. Lying down seems to increase it, or maybe I'm just noticing it more.
Nausea has changed my diet considerably. As long as I eat bland food, no seasoning, I can sort of keep it under control. Taste is off, sometimes I will think of a delicious food I can eat, then try to eat it and it will taste like cardboard. No sense in eating it! I don't go out to restaurants anymore, waste of money! My boyfriend is a gourmet chef. Spoils things considerably for him. Oh well. It is what it is.
Now... the big advantage to the nausea is that I have lost more than twenty pounds since November. And I certainly needed to lose weight. I am eating more healthy foods, more salads, cooked veggies and fruits, less meat. I ate these before but too much junk food interspersed. But, once my stomach rejects a food I have an aversion to it, and no longer crave it. Interestingly, with the lost weight, my GERD and hiatal hernia are not bothering me so much, and the nausea is not so bad anymore.
The other thing is the fatigue I was experiencing all that time has improved. I have more energy. I was dragging myself through the days, even too tired to write in group. And now that I think about it, I should be updating the group with the very same info I have just shared with you!