Update: One Week After First Round of Chemo

SO incredibly grateful to have had my wonderful mom here with us this last week. Her help, love and cooking in the house had been such a blessing...I don't know how we'd be doing without her. Thank you, mom! Love you!

SO incredibly grateful to have had my wonderful mom here with us this last week. Her help, love and cooking in the house had been such a blessing…I don’t know how we’d be doing without her. Thank you, mom! Love you!

The folks gifted us this relaxing back patio set up! Perfect place for some major healing!

The folks gifted us this relaxing back patio set up! Perfect place for some major healing!

Every step, by my side, there is this epic love reminding me that it's all worth it. I can withstand anything when those eyes are holding me together. Thank you, sweet love.

Every step, by my side, there is this epic love reminding me that it’s all worth it. I can withstand anything when those eyes are holding me together. Thank you, sweet love.

Update:

So here we are.  One week after my first round of chemo and it has been like riding a roller coaster with a blindfold on. I knew I was going on a ride but I could never anticipate what I’d be going through next.

My oncologist warned me, “Expect not to sleep the first night.”

I slept the whole night through.

Then he said, “You may feel at your worst for the first few days after the treatment.”

My treatment was on a Monday and I felt pretty good for the next few days (minus the headache).  It wasn’t until that Friday that I got hit with some serious fatigue and had to take it really easy all weekend.

Today, I woke up and it felt as if I had run a marathon yesterday.  I had a bit of trouble sleeping last night but usually when a night of non ideal sleep would just slightly inconvenience me in the morning, now it seems to take a major toll.  I ended up feeling better by the end of the day and even got in a small walk with Sasha ❤ ❤ ❤

But now I’m tired again.  Here it is, 9pm and I’ve been ready for bed for over an hour…but if I go to bed too early, I’m afraid I’ll wake up at 3am and never get back to sleep!

One super uncomfortable chemo symptom I’ve had is the wretched chemo mouth sore!  My oncologist was surprised to hear that I had one so early, but I guess what I lacked in nausea I made up for in a mouth sore.  It’s been pretty bad and has made it very difficult to eat normally.  I found some great remedies that have reduced the pain quite a bit, but I have a long way to go before eating like a proper pregnant gal.

Another symptom I was told I could get is the good ol’ metallic taste in the mouth.  I was worried about that because I adore food and couldn’t imagine all my favorite flavors going down the drain.  Luckily for me, no loss of flavor or metallic anything, but I guess the mouth sore is keeping me from eating most things….so I’m kinda in the same boat anyway.

From what I hear, everyone reacts differently to chemo.  And I feel pretty lucky that it hasn’t been to devastatingly awful.  It has actually been quite tolerable.  Luckily, we’ve had my amazing SUPER MOM here taking care of us and making sure we are being fed well!  I don’t know how we would be getting on without her.

My oncologist said that the fatigue will get worse as the treatments continue….but so far I’ve haven’t been falling into typical patient symptom categories….so I’m just gonna bet that with all this love in my heart (and womb) there’s no way it will get any worse than this 😉 I will just continue taking care of myself by fortifying my body with nutrients, love and good vibes!

Baby Update:  We checked up on baby Joaquin last Tuesday and as I mentioned in my previous post, he looks perfectly healthy.  I’ve been having a bit of trouble gaining weight (mouth sore and all) so that’s my main concern.  Avocado has been a major weapon in this fight to maintain weight with a mouth sore….so thanks, Eric for loading us up with them last week! I have an appointment with my obstetrician tomorrow, so I’m hoping all is well and that he is growing bigger every day!

Things I’m Looking Forward To:  Seeing my belly grow and grow! The mouth sore to go away so I can eat more.  More walks with Sasha.  Taking my mom to the Norton Simon Museum.  Energy therapy sessions at WeSpark (A free wellness center for cancer patients and survivors).  Our first meeting with our Integrative Medicine doctor.

Things I’m Grateful For:  My family and friends for all their love, support, visits, calls, prayers, texts, and donations.  Smooch, my cat, for being extra cuddly these days (and also for knowing when to leave me alone).  Our awesome new patio furniture.  Cloudy weather when I was feeling low and sunshine when I was feeling good. OH! and the amazing miracle of getting to see my favorite singer, Rufus Wainwright, last Thursday night! It was such a beautiful and meaningful night for me.  Rufus has been along for “the ride” since I was about 17 yrs old and it meant the world to me to see him play in such an intimate venue and even get to meet him after.

Meeting Rufus Wainwright. It was a long time coming :)

Meeting Rufus Wainwright. It was a long time coming 🙂

Thanks for checking in.

Much Love,

Vivian

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