In my previous posts I talk all about the struggles and hardships that will occur while going through chemo, and or other treatments to get rid of cancer. When dealing with these side effects on a daily basis for 6 months in my case or however long your treatment process there isn’t one or two solutions that help there’s a whole system that you will figure out along the way for what works best for you.
Twas the night before chemo, and all through the house was….ANXIETY. If you’ve gone through chemo you know EXACTLY what I’m referring to. The thought of the cancer center, the hospital, blood work, doctors, nurses, etc.. instantly nauseas from being so anxious and thinking about it. Simply because you know the horror that is about to occur for the next week until you start to feel somewhat normal again.
So here it is..
Water Water Water Water i’ll say it one more time for the people in the back. WATER. This is something I had to learn the hard way, and after reading other blogs from survivors and doing my own research I try to manage each round better than the last. The day before you have treatment drink as much water as you possibly can. I am not exaggerating even in the least. Make a routine that suites you and stick with it. Every Tuesday before Chemo my husband and I go to my dad’s house for an amazing home cooked meal cooked by my step mom. Spending time with my family eases my anxiety so I’m not home alone thinking about the horror of chemo the next day. When it comes to the day of WATER WATER WATER and I repeat WATER. I know it’s like beating a dead horse when it comes to people preaching about drinking water, but honestly it has made a huge difference in how I feel afterwards. Make sure you eat before, during, and after chemo also. The biggest tip I can give anyone is to stay away from your favorite foods the day of chemo and a few days that follow because I promise you’ll never want to eat them again.
Mouth Sores: avoid anything spicy the days leading up to chemo and the days that follow. Chew ice cubes while you’re getting treatment, or a popsicle after. This freezes the muscles in the tongue temporarily and it has prevented me from getting them again.
Nausea: I wish I had a bullet proof suggestion for this but I don’t. I do however have some things that help. Take the medication that the doctor prescribes you (because they will give you something) but also I highly suggest CBD products anything and everything.
Fatigue: This one is a tricky one. The week that I have chemo I don’t fight the fatigue I usually go into what I call “hibernation” for at least the next two or three days because your body NEEDS to rest and you definitely don’t want to fight it. Doing small activities like going for a walk or doing the treadmill for a little while seems to help. You can also drink coffee which helps me sometimes but for the most part I gave up coffee during this. (for those who know me that is a HUGE deal)
Neuropathy: B12 vitamins have really helped me. Although with this one I’ve gotten lucky so far and it is not as severe as I’ve heard it can be
Bowel Movements: Yes, talking about your bowel movements is awkward but you’ll get over it I promise you. Again with the water DRINK IT. Also add cranberry juice, and yogurt to your daily consumption. This will help with the probiotics.
Bone Pain: This one is the WORST. Okay no, I lied the nausea is the worst but this one is close behind. I wish I had more suggestions with this but unfortunately I’m still trying to figure out how to solve this one. Hot lavender baths/showers seem to help while I’m in the water, but the pain comes back soon after. Then there’s Claritin (the nurses swear by it) and Tylenol Extra Strength. I wish I could say that those make a difference but they honestly don’t. So if anyone has any suggestions on bone pain SHARE YOUR SECRETS 🙂
I won’t bore you with any of the 9082348 small side effects I get but those are the major ones, and I hope if you ever experience any of these that some of this helps!
XOXO Bechtold Badass