I’m well into my week after my second Taxol infusion and I’ve learned lots.
For one thing, it helps for me to have a reasonable amount of food in my stomach when I have these “second series” infusions. Fights off the sleepiness caused by the Benedryl drip that I get.
For another, it is not a good idea to eat ice cream after the infusion – regardless of how good it sounds. (more on this later)
And another, it pays to get my rest. Going as hard as I can – just because I feel good – at the time doesn’t allow for the fact that my body has poison coursing through it. And resting – even if I feel pretty good – will help in the long run.
So why did I learn these lessons?
My first Taxol weekend, I felt few side effects and went 110 mph. On Sunday I was tired and felt as if I had a cold. Miserable day. By Monday afternoon, I was almost free from it. At least it was quick.
My second Taxol day, I ate soup and sandwich 45 minutes before infusion time. Much more than I had eaten at the time of my first Taxol day. I didn’t get sleepy or loopy at all during the infusion. And felt pretty fine after leaving LCI Pineville.
As we headed home, I remembered that I had been sort of craving ice cream for a few days and never gotten any. It wasn’t lunch time nor dinner time but I had a little steroid-driven hunger so what the heck. Go for it, right? Well, hindsight is 20-20. After finishing my waffle dish of double chocolate and coffee with shaved chocolate, I remember the “avoid sweets and fried foods” part of my American Cancer Society book on managing food during treatment. Too late now but – really – what harm?
At about 1 am, I learned. (at least that is what I thought.) From them until about 5am I – ummm – shall we say “admired the porcelain statue.” I lost (in both directions) than I thought my body was capable of holding. And all of that water I’ve been drinking? It was eliminated too – in a pretty constant stream. And the bonus? I pulled a muscle in my right side in the antics of Thursday night.
Needless to say, my Friday was miserable as well. I slept. Luckily the worst of the “bout” was over. But I didn’t feel like eating anything. The sound of everything made me gag. Saturday was slightly better, but I was worn out.
Sunday, I was better, but that day brought education too. Dennis was now down with nausea and the rest. So the light went on. It was a virus! The ice cream really didn’t make me sick.
So here I am looking at Wednesday. I do my labs tomorrow for Thursday’s infusion.
On Thursday, there are some things that will be for certain:
- Eat reasonably before the infusion.
- Do not eat ice cream afterward (even though it’s pretty definite that it didn’t cause my illness, it didn’t make me feel good either. After Thursday night’s experience, I may never want it again.)
- Rest after infusion and during the weekend that follows and avoid germs.
Last look at ice cream??