The runny nose that I thought finally stopped in summer returned dripping constantly. As I blow my nose repeatedly, soon I see blood on a tissue.
Since I added Taxol into my regimen, I lost not only hair but also eye brows and eye lashes. Under my eyes dark patches were developed and now my nose is red and burning. Pointing to my face like an alien in a mirror, I sang “ Rudolph The Red- Nosed Reindeer.
Last Friday evening and all day Saturday, I was just sleeping, feeling so lethargic. My legs are always heavy, weak, and stiff. Everything is the side effect of Taxol.
I made a plan for a family trip to Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains, which is about a 2.5 hour drive from our house, from this Thursday to celebrate my 3rd birthday since I got cancer, but facing numerous side effects, I was not sure if I could make it.
Yesterday at a Ukulele concert at the church, at the beginning I felt so sluggish again – even smiling seemed to be hard work. Yet, surprisingly while I was singing songs along with the Ukulele group, I slowly gained strength, and by the end of the concert, I was singing at the top of my lungs and felt so good!
Though I have an infusion on Wednesday, the day before our trip, fortunately this week will be off Taxol and only Herceptin. My side effects should be minimum. I don’t know about hiking (there are numerous trails) but at least I will be able to enjoy cooking at the big nice kitchen at the vacation rental.
I am concerned about the result of the next CT scan, which is scheduled on 10/25, as well, but I decided not to think about it until I get back from the vacation on Monday. In the beautiful nature, I will enjoy God’s creation with my beloved family! I am excited!