That's hilarious re the 'Itchy Foo! My nurse looked at me gone out!
Sorry to hear you had a rotten weekend and I hope you are feeling better now?
I feel almost back to normal today (Day 5) but assume this will not last!!
juzcooper1971 - Good luck today, you will be fine
We're all gonna knock this Cancer out of the park!
Hi, had my first session of FEC-T today, all went ok. My arm hurts a bit as I had the PICC line fitted and then had the chemo immediately afterwards, so it feels like I've been punched repeatedly! I had the cold cap - a bit painful for the first 10 minutes, but fine after that - except for feeling very cold - I wore lots of layers and had my partner's ski jacket over my legs, but actually it was a lovely cup of tea that finally made me feel a bit warmer. I'm now feeling a bit nauseous and have a slight headache but probably better than expected.
Good luck everyone!
Lisa, I had that itchy feeling too! My nurse said I might get a “prickly bottom” when she injected the steroids, but it was exactly as you said, hot sweaty itchy feeling “down there”! It passed quickly though.
I hope everyone who has had their first treatment is feeling ok. I didn’t have the best of weekends, I had to have the district nurse out to give me anti sickness injections twice on Saturday as I wasn’t keeping the drugs down... but am feeling much better today (touch wood)
3 days after first chemo and not feeling too bad. Was a little bit sick on Sat but otherwise the nausea is manageable. The worst bit has been getting up at 6 every morning to go to the loo and then being tired in the afternoon. Sleep patterns totally disturbed. Had a bit of moment yesterday when I Just wanted my Mum! I am 58 and unfortunately she passed 4 years ago so just went to see my Dad who is 85 - he his brill although worried to death. My brother's partner is 6 years post treatment so they have been a great help. Must mention my best friend who has been my rock other than my husband - taking me to appts and out to lunch! with regard to work, I work 3 hours a week in a private physio clinic so won't be working at all during treatment. I think a lot of it depends on what you do, also my nurse practitioner said to see how you feel during the first cycle. Hope you are all feeling a little better this morning.
I was told I'm not allowed to work as I work in a gp surgery and the risk to infection is too high even though I work upstairs in admin with no patient contact the consultant was not happy for me to go in ! May look at doing some work from home but going to get Christmas out the way first.
Good luck everyone x
First chemo today of Paclitaxel and Carboplatin. Apart from being almost 3HOURS late starting, all went ok. Had a weired hot, itchy feeling in the "Lady Garden" area with one of the pre-meds - Nurse was "Confused!"
With the Paclitaxel the fingers on my left hand (same as drip) swelled. I had to pull my rings off with my teeth! Again, nurse's were "Confused!" Still have one fat finger, but it does have a cut on it from opening a mushy pea tin on Halloween so could be to with that?!!
Carboplatin - fine, no problems at all.
Had the cold cap. Absolutely fine. First 5 mins, mega brain freeze and a little head ache but wears off quite quickly. Had 3 hats in total. Easily doable so give it a try x
Came home with lots of meds - Anti sickness, Antibacterials and steroids. Also have x3 injections. (Think these were for your blood cells)
Think this first session will be the easiest. Think the side effects will kick in next week.
Watch this space!!!
Was diagnosed on 7th Sept with a grade 3, 19mm tumour ER 8, Pr 5 HER2 negative. Had
a wide local excision and lymph node removal on 21st September. 1 node was positive and one had individual tumour cells out of eleven.
Had my first chemo today and used the cold cap, uncomfortable for the first ten mins while getting cold but after that was ok. Was given hair care advice, but told not to have my hair cut. Can anyone give me advice?