Chemo…bad…good?

So I had my first chemo/radiation treatment this past Thursday and let me tell you something about Chemo, it is bad!  For those that train, play sports, workout, or go for a run, imagine going all out for like 3 hours while dehydrated!  This is how bad it is.  You just don’t recover nicely at all.  It’s not like you are knocked down and then you get back up.  It is repeated over and over and over and over and over again.

So what does chemo do?  Cancel cells require a protein block in order to reproduce.  Chemo comes in a blocks this protein block from reproducing.  Unfortunately, your body’s cells require the same function and Chemo doesn’t know who’s who in the zoo.  So every cell gets stopped from reproducing.

So when do you get the effect of Chemo?  Mine took about two and a half days.  Thursday I  was fine, as well as on Friday.  Saturday afternoon, not so much.  By Sunday I was a zombie just sitting in my chair eating what I can over the course of the day.  Now let me explain something here real quick.  You know how when you are trying to go to sleep and you rest your body and then you have that small sense of no more feeling in your legs or arms?  I had that experience this past Sunday but it was much more worse.  I felt like my whole body was losing mass, as if millions of cells had just died off in my legs and arms.  It was quite dreadful to tell you the truth.

What about throwing up?  So far so good I haven’t.  They provided me some steroid pills which is suppose to counter that effect and it worked.  It came with a bad side effect though, hiccups.  And I don’t mean your normal hiccups, I am talking about anywhere between 5 to 10 hiccups back to back to back within split seconds of each other.  Best relief for me is to try and relax and breathe.  I found out that slow breathing techniques like holding every 4 seconds helps out a lot to control it.  I still get hiccups but at least I know what to do.

If you know anyone going thru Chemo, give them a hug, send positive thoughts their way, spread good karma, say a prayer for them and mostly, just love them.  They need all the emotional support now.  1 down, 2 to go.

Author: danielgarcia3

Retired Military Officer who is now fighting the good fight against Cancer

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