The list of side effects for this chemo regimen I'm on include: nausea, sore mouth, tiredness, hair loss, taste changes, sun sensitivity, skin changes, pain in joints, watery or dry eyes, flu-like symptoms, diarrhoea, constipation, nail changes, bruising and bleeding, anaemia, risk of infection and changes to the way the heart works. Today my eyes were watery on and off, forcing me to abandon my contacts and go with glasses. And my nose is a bit runny. I still think I'm doing well to have only suffered a few from that extensive list so far. I do have to be careful this week as this is when my white blood cell count is at its lowest.
Today I was thankful for my wonderful husband. He sorted the kids while i went for an early-morning walk with mt neighbor, Kate. He got us to Remie's EEG appointment on the other side of the city (will have results later this week) and negotiated my failure to bring the directional paperwork with minimal fuss. He chauffeured me to the mall and helped finish the Xmas shopping. He told me I looked beautiful even with my wild hair that I'm not supposed to wash often, brush or dry if i want to try to keep it. He brought in all the gifts and hid them after helping to clean up dinner. I feel very lucky to have him in my life.