Post Chemo Round 2🏠

Made it through my second round of chemo! Overall the 5 days in the hospital were better than my first round. The first two days are always pretty easy and they got my meds hooked up earlier so they didn’t get changed out at midnight like last round πŸ™‚ Wednesday I got my second dose of the spinal chemo that I was having a ton of anxiety over. The doctors all met and talked a lot over my case the the anesthesiologist who did it is like an expert on tricky needle situations. They decided to try a smaller needle and a different shape needle (pencil needle?) so I wouldn’t get a spinal headache from the leaking of the fluid again. And it worked!! No headache!! πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

The actual procedure itself was probably the worst thing I’ve eve experienced in my life though. They said smaller needle meant I probably wouldn’t feel it as much! πŸ™„ Won’t feel it my butt! I cried and screamed for nearly an hour and yelled at him to stop more than twice. And they apparently can’t put you to sleep. The smaller needle is also more tricky to position and takes longer and I kept feeling it and just screaming. I’m sure the whole hall could hear me 😁 I had two sweet nurses, one at the top holding my hands and head and one rubbing my legs. You’re not supposed to move or they have to reposition the needle again so I just cried basically the entire time. I can’t quite describe the feeling of a needle going through your back and into your spinal cavity but I really don’t think there’s anything else to compare it to.  Worst thing ever.  BUT! after a few hours when no headache came, I completely forgot how bad it was. 😊 I will remember again..the next 4 times..lol but it might have actually been worth it to not have a spinal headache for 9 days!   

pot roast for dinner? Maybe..lol
  
Lollipops for nausea
   

little bro got to visit
 
The rest of the week was average. I struggled a lot more with nausea, especially Wednesday this round but still ate a lot more than last time since I was actually able to sit up! The steroids didn’t make me quite as mean and irritable this time which was good for everyone lol Especially my mom who stays with me all week long! I don’t have any pictures of her to post from this round, but she’s literally my arms and legs through the whole time and I wouldn’t make it without her πŸ’— She helps me eat, drink, get up to the bathroom, pick up everything I annoyingly drop off my bed, rubs me when my body aches, calls my nurses when they don’t come fast, sits on my bed when I’m lonely or need to cry and just everything else I could possibly need 😒😘  I love her more than the world! 

   
Thursday and Friday I slept and laid in bed a lot and walked around a little. Also met my neighbor man who is going through the same chemo treatment as me, but is one round ahead so it was good to talk to him! His sweet wife got me chickfila Thursay night and I ate every bite 😁 Thank you nausea pills and Mrs. Hamilton! 😘  

   
Also had a little washcloth rub down and some clean clothes πŸ˜‚ Luckily with not much hair I never feel really dirty anymore! Late Thursday night, the boyfriend got there which always makes the last day go by faster. I ate more chickfila for breakfast and then Olive Garden for dinner! So many random cravings from the chemo meds and steroids.  

    

cutie
  
creepin on me sleeping 😘❀️
 

Friday went by pretty quickly! My dad came and everyone just waited for my last meds to end so we could go home! Got to see my favorite nurse Mardell before I left which was the perfect ending to my week. She makes everything not so horrible πŸ’— Got my last belly shot and then my Neulasta patch on my arm which automatically injects me with medicine to help my white blood cell counts come back faster. It beeps and goes off 27 hours after my chemo is done and then I just take it off πŸ‘πŸΌ I hate it. Lol the anticipation kills me! 

  

Me and Mardell before I left πŸ’—

 
This Friday I walked out of my room and to the car all by myself which was an amazing turn around from not being able to even sit up in a wheelchair and laying in the backseat after the first round! Gunnar and I stopped and got fried rice and won ton soup πŸ˜‚ (another craving) and then it was home for bed! 

 

Walkin out proudly!
  
    
 

Then…..SATURDAY was horrible. Not sure what happened but I crashed hard all day and had horrible stomach aches and nausea. We had to make me a bed on the bathroom floor and then I just took Ativan to knock me out finally. It was bad and scary for everyone. But happily Sunday was good and I was able to get up and make myself breakfast and watch tv most of the day. I was feeling so good that I decide to go surprise the family I nannied for at the baby’s 2nd birthday party! It was great and there were tears all around 🎈😘😒❀️ It was so good to see them and have some happiness! 

   
 
β€’Today is Monday, June 27th 2016. It was an alright day too. I got my blood labs drawn and Starbucks then was home hanging out. I’m having a lot of stomach issues off and on all day but heating pads seem to help a little. Also the dreaded mouth sores are starting and I can tell it’s going to be really hard. It’s like having canker sores all inside your cheeks and mouth and my gums are sore too 😩 You can’t really prevent them except to use mouthwash and then the pharmacy can mix you up “magic mouth wash” to help numb your mouth so you can eat and stuff. Prayers that they won’t get too horrible yet! I still have a long way to go! But I just went to the dentist today to make sure my teeth were good since chemo can cause more teeth problems and he said all is good 😁😁 Celebrated with some frozen yogurt and a trip to publix all by myself πŸ‘πŸΌβ€οΈ

  
So that’s about all for now. I’ll be home for this week and then the next! Hopefully get to celebrate 4th of July feeling good and then back to the hospital for round 3 on July 11! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸŽ‰ Thanks as always for the continued prayers and support! Main prayer request for the time being is the mouth sores and stomach aches. πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

18 thoughts on “Post Chemo Round 2🏠

  1. Thinking and praying for you and fast recovery. When my husband got mouth sores from his chemo yogurt and buttermilk helped him. Not at he same time but the good bacteria in both helped ..prayers your way

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  2. Hard to see such a sweetie have to go thru all of this. You are an inspiration and your blog has highlighted the personal side of cancer. Thank you for that. I’ve known a handful of people with cancer but none that’ve been willing to share their treatment experience.

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  3. Sweet Megan, I’ve been praying for you while you are going through this journey. I’m so sorry you have to go through this. May you daily feel God’s presence and His love. You have such a good and mature attitude. He loves you and knows your feelings and He will sustain you during this season.

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  4. I always look forward to hearing your account of all your different responses to your treatments. You don’t attempt to gloss over anything and you give it to us straight. It’s very real and it allows me to be even more compassionate. Seeing your photos enables a very special connection and your spirit shines through. I know how vital your mom is in your healing. Debby is a dear and loving soul and I am ever so grateful to have been in the same group with her at Sierra.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers every day.

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  5. Megan, sending prayers your way from the mountains of north Ga. Spencer’s parents are special friends of ours, so we have been following your journey from the beginning! God bless you during this season of personal challenge. We pray you find comfort wrapped in the arms of our BIG God; may He continue to sustain you as you press forward. Know you are loved by everyone, even those you personally do not know. Rhonda & Jim Dorminy

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  6. We are praying for you everyday. I know that your daily blogs are helping so many people understand what their loved ones are going through. You are such an amazingly strong beautiful women. Stay strong xoxox

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  7. Dear Sweet Megan,
    Thank you for sharing this scary and personal journey that you are on. You are such a brave and beautiful girl and for you to share this with the world and people you don’t even know is such a gift. I have known your mom since we were in confirmation together at church in 7th grade. She is such a sweet soul and when you wrote about her I had tears. I know there is no place she’d rather be than by your side and that she would take this away from you in a heartbeat if she could. Thank you for sharing this in such a special way and encouraging others. You are amazing! I will continue to pray for you and your family. πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ’•

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  8. I’m continuing to pray for you and your whole family. What a beautiful young lady you are and I admire your courage and your faith and love for God. Will continue to pray for you and your whole family. I love your parents. They are amazing but you already know that ! πŸ™‚

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  9. Megan, reading your inspirational blog about having to go through such a tough time is so hard to read but also so sweet because we all know how hard you are fighting and how sweet the victory will be when you are through with this horrible stuff. Although I as well as most have not had to go through this treatment, I know many that have and to see you conquer this with an attitude so positive and upbeat gives others who have to go through with this treatment hope and understanding. I pray every day that God lifts you up and heals you as soon as possible so you can go and give your testimony to those that need it most! God Bless you and keep you healthy Megan, we all are rooting for you to be done with this sh&t so you can go and live your life the way God intended! πŸ™‚

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  10. Hugs and prayers being sent your way Megan πŸ›πŸ’• Give your Mom a hug for me. Praying you will get a good time to rest and recover before you head back on the 11th.

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  11. Thank you for sharing your story and being so transparent. I know that is hard to do sometimes. It is hard for me to do as well. I hope they can figure out a way to do your spinal procedures so they do not hurt so bad. I do not know how I would react if I had to go through something like that.

    I don’t know if you know my story or not… but I will briefly write it here. I have been in a wheelchair all my life due to Cerebral Palsy. In November of 2015 just two days before Thanksgiving I was DX with Stage IV Colorectal Cancer and have been going through treatment since Christmas week. So far, I am responding well.

    Again, thank you for sharing your journey!!

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  12. Oh my heart, Megan! Do you have to do that needle in the back thing every time? Why can’t they put you out for that since it takes an HOUR? Thankfully you have such great support through your family and a compassionate medical team😊Your smiles are a beautiful reflection of the joy of the Lord, He is your strength. Your boyfriend is a real gift and cute tooπŸ˜‰

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  13. Dear Megan, Thank you for your open and honest blogging, for sharing so much of your journey with us through writing and pictures. You are in my thoughts daily and I am praying for you and for your family. You have a smile that lights up the world! You are TOUGH and have the God of the universe, your Savior and Protector, on every side and in every moment. Nothing can separate you from His loving care. Love, hugs,and prayers! You WILL get through this!

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  14. Thank you for such an inspirational story. Your journey is definitely one of positive energy that keeps my spirit up as i battle my own brain cancer that was discovered in April this year.

    I am also in Atlanta area and getting treated at Piedmont Atlanta.

    Thank you for sharing your story! Hope both of us win this battle in near future:)

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  15. Praying for the mouth sores to go away or no pain from them! Hope your stomach will feel better as well! Greg is doing better today his counts went down very low just made him very tired. We have his pet test Thursday will get results Friday praying for good news! We think about you every day! Happy 4th have a great day!!! Guess we will see you Monday. You are always in our thoughts and prayers as well as your family!!

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  16. Just re-reading all your posts today. You’re so articulate and inspirational, megglesticks. Love you and so glad we got to spend the 4th together with the fam! It was so good to just hang out and have some fun with y’all ! Huddy prays for you everyday, usually at dinner time or bed time πŸ™‚

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