©Jenny Harrod 2019

A quiet but uncomfortable week.

Chemotherapy Cycle 6 Completed - 2 more cycles (4 treatments) to go.

So we have a General Election on December 12th and my last Chemo on December 5th so a chance to get rid of both Boris's in the course of a week!

Last week I had an appointment with a  Gastorenterologist, His name was Thomas but as he was from an Eastern Block Country I didn't get his surname and he was very difficult to understand.

Today I saw my Oncologist and he was at a loss as to why I even saw the Gastroenterologist -  and was concerned that he was ordering a scan before my Chemotherapy was finished - potentially exposing me to dangerously high levels of radiation.

When I got home I got the scan date through so now I need to cancel it (maybe I will get the Chemotherapy Nurses to do it tomorrow).

Since my last Chemotherapy I have developed some new symptoms which are now getting more severe and debilitating. Including:

  • Ankle and Hand Oedema the day after treatment.
  • Waves of nausea
  • Worsening thinning hair
  • Weight Gain
  • Abdominal Bloating and trapped wind
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Poor balance and unsteady standing and walking. 
  • Frequency and Urgency (urine)

On a positive note, the Blood transfusion increased my Hb and reduced my anaemia to almost normal levels now.

The Oncologist asked how I had been and I described my side-effects and he will prescribe me some more Maxalon for the nausea and some additional Ferusemide to take the day after Chemo to reduce the oedema.

My mood was lifted when the Oncologist asked how I was and said I looked really well! I told him it was my natural make-up look which was covering a multitude of sins. He said he wouldn't have known as it looked so good.

He also said he liked me as I make him laugh!. He was amused at the fact I take my cornflakes in with me so I can eat my breakfast whilst I am having my Chemotherapy. What's funny about that? 

I fear my next report might well include some more severe side effects but I hope not.


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