Monday, January 24, 2011

Chemo is my friend.

Today, I go in for round 5 of treatment. I'm a little nervous about this treatment. Maybe even a lot nervous. I think I slept about 3 hours last night. This isn't completely out of the ordinary though. For the last couple of months, I'm typically in two states: wide awake or falling asleep.

Last nights insomnia could have been the result of a long list of things. I'm sure most of it is the unknown of what this new drug is going to feel like or it could be my aversion to the smell of rubbing alcohol and the the taste of saline. I've been at the hospital every Monday since November 29th, getting my blood drawn. This isn't just a quick blood draw. This process starts with rubbing alcohol on the skin that covers my portacath, then it's injecting my port with saline to clean it out, then onto the actual blood draw, then a few more injections of saline to clean the port again. I'm tasting the saline in my mouth as I write this. Gaggggggg! During the last blood draw, it took everything I had to not be sick on the very sweet nurse. This go round I'm going to find a nice scent to put on the tip of my nose to try and mask the rubbing alcohol smell and maybe find some sort of hard candy to avoid the saline taste. Wish me luck!

The lack of sleep could very well be from the hot flashes I just started having. I woke up at one point last night in a full sweat and no blankets on. My room is not warm. I don't turn on the heat and my window is usually open. I feel like I'm on my way to a full menopause state. Grrrr!

Chemo is my friend... Chemo is my friend... ;)


  1. Hang in there... you are so strong!! Thanks for continuing to share your story. <3

  2. Stay strong Margie! I'll be thinking of you today, as I do every day! XoXoXo

    Love you!!

  3. Margie, You are in my Heart... Just one moment at a time. I will be your Strength today. Love You... Molly

  4. You have done so great, and come so far. I remember thinking this next phase of chemo seemed so far away and now it's here! I'm so proud of you! We love you boo boo boo boo boo boo boo bear ;)

  5. How are you feeling? I hope the new treatment is going well. Thinking about you.....
    -Kim O

  6. Really I like this post Margie. I am supported you. Thanks for share this post.