With the new regimen of Compazine® and Zofran®, alternating throughout the day, I woke up without the nausea that I have had constantly. It feels good to be free of that; I hope this schedule of drugs will continue to bring relief. Today I am taking it easy as chemo always causes a lot of fatigue, but I am so far feeling not too bad, a whole lot better than I had been feeling Sunday, the day prior to this chemo. I have even been walking a bit around the loft, trying to get this sorry legs to do the job they are supposed to do. That constant fight to do something when you feel so exhausted is a struggle that is hard to describe. My nurse yesterday told me about how good it is to stay active, and I replied that while that is always my motivation, having lost so much strength from the last month has made it difficult for me to do much because the strength I lost makes me very unstable. I am not afraid to do something, but I know that I tend to try more than I should and realize that the last thing I need is to fall. Anyway, it was a new nurse that took care of me and does not really know me, so I understand her rationale to urge me to try to be active. I think I know my body well enough to know when I need rest and movies as opposed to hobbling around on unsteady legs.
I am doing well with my water consumption, owing to my setting an alarm on my iPhone to remind myself to drink two ounces every fifteen minutes. It sounds so simple, but I can attest that fifteen minutes is a very brief time. At least it is not difficult to drink only two ounces at a time; that’s much better than trying to drink a cup at a time, which seems like more than I can bear. One thing that does help is the water flavoring that comes in a little squirt bottle with very few ingredients; one or two little squirts in a 32-ounce bottle helps when water just seems unpalatable. When you are doing normal activity, I think it is easier to drink water than when you are sitting around most of the time.
I so wish the water consumption would ease the fever issues. Got to go cool down.