The scary episode from yesterday has been attributed to the Chemo drugs - caused by Mucositis - and the diagnosis rolled off the doctor’s tongue as if I should already know all about it. You know, on the one hand they tell you not to check out treatments and drugs on the web, but on the other, they expect you to be informed about some of the most obscure details of drug side effects. Go fig!
Sure, I’ve been asked the 20 usual questions before infusion about all aspects of bodily functions, but never connected the “Do you have acid reflux problems” to what happened to me yesterday. Who knew that Chemo caused these problems? I’ve always associated Acid Reflux to poor diet or diets of rich and spicy foods - not necessarily good for you.
I got a flash, crash, and burn course in the true meaning of the question in a Chemo-centered clinical setting, and the news ain’t good. I won’t go into it here, you can read all you like at the link above. I’m just grateful to know what happened to me is not rare and is treatable. Though I wish they had asked the right questions at the outset of my treatment.
Live and learn. Or, you don’t live very long.
Tomorrow is the last Chemo treatment in this monthly cycle and I’ll be a happy puppy when it’s over. Three weeks for the body to recuperate. The body is a mass of bruises, welts, and giant red blotches. Now, I must say that the suggestion of smearing Evening Primrose Oil over the affected areas has proven effective in reducing that swelling and pain, though the bruising remains. I can deal with that.
I feel well enough to have a real (albeit small) meal this evening. I am starving but the thought of the incredible pain returning turned me off. I have one new prescription that I start today, that should begin the healing so the eating can begin. Two other prescriptions kick in tomorrow.
And so it goes.