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Fri Dec 7, 2018, 03:13 PM

One good thing

I had to have an echocardiogram before chemo (which will start next Tues), and the cardiologist told me my LDL (bad cholesterol) was really low. Told him I got no credit, it's all genetics, that I eat a lot of butter. He said, "Chemo isn't a time to diet--you should eat more butter!" So there's that.

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cyclonefence Dec 2018 OP
alfredo Dec 2018 #1
cyclonefence Dec 2018 #2
alfredo Dec 2018 #3
cyclonefence Dec 2018 #4
alfredo Dec 2018 #5
JHan Dec 2018 #6

Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 04:32 PM

1. The anti nausea drug they give you comes in handy.

I found barfing was no big thing. It just came out like water. Carry a beaker for barfing nearby.

This is the one the VA gave me.


The nausea will trail off in time, but keep something with you until you are sure your stomach is better.

Sleep is essential. You will nap several times a day.

I survived with the help earphones, good music and a sleep mask

I used a feeding tube for food and water.

Hydrate! Practice patience. A walking stick or a steady hand helps.

I was getting radiation at the same time as Chemo, so your mileage may vary.

Just handle it as it comes, and you'll do fine.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 04:35 PM

2. Oh, my

At my first go-round, seven years ago, I had both chemo and radiation, but not at the same time--that sounds horrible. I had a lot more trouble with the radiation: the fatigue was awful. But this chemo is different from what I had before, and I will keep your suggestions in mind.

Thank you for sharing your experience, and for the good tips.

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Response to cyclonefence (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 04:41 PM

3. 35 radiation doses, 2 chemos. Supposed to have 3, but I'm old and weak ;)

Be sure to keep your care giver in mind. Show appreciation, and urge them to set aside time for themselves.


Party on!

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Response to alfredo (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 09:36 PM

4. Jesus--your poor body!

My husband will be taking care of me, and you bet I'm going to make sure he knows how much I appreciate him. I think he has a harder job than I do--premature grief (maybe not even premature; I may outlive him!) is a dreadful burden.

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Response to cyclonefence (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 7, 2018, 10:30 PM

5. My wife was my rock, and still is.

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Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 04:54 PM

6. I was told to stay away from too much fat.

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