Jan 202015
3 blue work binders piled on each other and locked together with lock

Work binders

Work.  Yup, I go back to work tomorrow.  I am very excited to see my coworkers again!  I work with a great bunch of people and I miss them.  I imagine they are looking forward to seeing me come back too so I can work my desk 🙂  I am feeling a little bit nervous.   I am having some side effects from the chemo including occasional vision disturbances and dizziness.   This mostly happens when I stand up from a sitting or lying position.  My plan is to try to work the whole day, but to be aware of how I am feeling and leave early if I have too.  I have quite a bit more energy than I have had for a long time, but I am still lacking in stamina.  I took a mile hike on hilly, snowy ground and that was enough to wear me out.  It is time to get moving and start building my strength up again.  It will be nice to have the social contact at work, even if they do actually expect me to some work *sigh* while I am there.   So mean…

Round 2 went a bit better than round 1.  They changed my “push” to a slower rate on that last medicine and I didn’t have the hot flashes and very sick feeling that I had last time.  I guess chemo is pretty much a find your way as you go process.   They start you out with the max doses, but there is a lot of room to reduce the medication and still get the same results.  So, by the time this is over, they should have the perfect mix figured out for me.   That doesn’t mean I’m going back for extra treatments, though :-}

Two down, six to go.  I got this thing!  “I am more than a conqueror.”  paraphrase of Romans 8:37

  4 Responses to “Back to Work and Chemotherapy Round 2”

  1. thank you so much for sharing your journey. it’s so important for the rest of us to know what you’re going through because cancer is so common.

    • Louise, thank you for your kind comment. While this blog certainly is therapeutic for me, I write with the hope that it will also help someone else somewhere down the road. If it were just me, a journal would be just fine.

  2. How did your day go? I know you won’t push too hard. It would be pointless to take three steps forward and four back! Easy does it. You’ve been through a lot, but you’ve come so far!

    • It went well. I have agreed with my supervisor on a schedule that will allow me to get the rest I need while still feeling good about taking care of myself. I will be keeping my regular day off. I will take the day off when I go to chemo treatments and work a half day the day after.

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