Chemo III

B’s third chemo treatment was yesterday. It went off without a hitch, and the port access didn’t hurt him this time. In fact he didn’t feel the needle at all, which is wonderful. I don’t know if it was the way the nurse did it, or if it’s normal to not feel the poke after the wound has had a chance to heal. Either way, we were both really happy. His lab results came back really good as well.

Even though B’s actual treatment went really well, it was a difficult day for me. I was tired and feeling emotionally fragile for various reasons, and we ended up having to sit across from a crotchety elderly lady who talked to us (more like at us) nonstop for the duration of B’s treatment (about 5 hours). Under normal circumstances, this probably would have been irritating at worst, but yesterday it felt like pure torture. By the end of B’s treatment, I was absolutely frantic to leave and I felt upset by the experience for the rest of the day. Ugh.

One reason that I think I’ve been feeling so tired lately is that I haven’t been drinking enough water. I always have a hard time remembering to drink enough, and I think I’ve probably been getting an average of about one glass/ day for the last week or so. Not good. I used to be a lot better about drinking when we kept bottled water around the house, but those bottles are so wasteful and are costly as well, so we don’t do that anymore. I’ve tried toting a Nalgene around, but Nalgenes are so much clumsier and more inconvenient imo. So now I’m wondering if a narrower water bottle would do the trick. I notice that drinking water often helps relieve foggy-headedness and fatigue almost immediately, so clearly adequate hydration is worth a little extra effort.

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11 Responses to Chemo III

  1. Alayne says:

    OMGsh. That DOES sound like torture. Can you request not to be placed near her again in the future? Argh…so sorry about your hard day.
    Glad to hear the stick didn’t hurt B this time!
    Huggles to you both!!

  2. Fern says:

    I forget to hydrate as well. If you want a bottle with a smaller mouth, i suggest Klean Kanteen. The cap is a bit more effort to get on and off, but the size is in between that of a Nalgene and a disposable plastic bottle. It’s great.

    5 hours?? Wow you’ve got some patience. That would irritate me after maybe 30 minutes.

    • bearklaws says:

      ya, i’ve been thinking about getting a kk. been hesitant to spend the $ in case i don’t like it, but i think i might pick one up at REI so i can return it if it doesn’t work out.

  3. Mitter and Boo says:

    I forget to drink water, too, we must be twins. Note to self: Do not become crotchety! Was Mitter there to defend you?

  4. Karen says:

    Glad to hear that Brandon is able to breathe better now and the chemo is working!

    I don’t drink enough water either, but I’m finding that carrying around glass jars is funner and easier than larger Nalgenes. If you re-use spaghetti jars, small jars of jams, preserves or sauces, you can actually freeze them and use them as ice packs on picnics… By the time you arrive at your destination, you have a cold drink waiting for you!

    I’m actually currently crocheting a holder for my glass jar…

  5. brook says:

    f has problems with water too… maybe it’s a girl thing? i dunno, i drink water like crazy… which is good, but i am constantly running off to the restroom.

    but, yea, hydration is key to good health. i always feel really crappy if i am not hydrated, and especially if you work out or do physical activity it is a must.

    maybe you can create some sort of mental cue- everytime i walk by a sink or water jug, i will drink some water. before you know it, you’ll be hydrated.

    • bearklaws says:

      i tried putting post-it note reminders around, but i ended up just tuning them out visually after not very long. another problem is that we only have three decently large cups and i can never seem to find a clean one (b is really good about remembering to drink), so whenever i want a glass of water i have to hunt down a cup and wash it first. so much effort and i usually get distracted along the way and forget all about the water.

  6. Brandon says:

    I drink water all the time too. Like 10 liters a day or so. If I don’t my back hurts, my bowels slow down, my mind slows down, and I feel gross.

  7. Mitter and Boo says:

    Setting a timer on you cell phone to beep every so often might work b/c you can’t tune that out like a sticky note.

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