I thought about not writing anything, but if you don’t know Roberta has cancer by now, well, you’re heads in the sand.

Anyhow, she’s been feeling like absolute crap the last few days. Bad enough that she went in yesterday and had IV fluids again to try and break the cycle. She started a type of Chemotheropy called Gemzar two weeks ago. It’s actually a trial program that she’d on.  This won’t cure her cancer, there is no cure, but it might slow things down a bit. That’s the hope anyhow. Her first dose was Wednesday a week and a half ago, second dose was Wednesday, three days ago, final dose is next Wednesday.

Gemzar has most of your typical side effects.

  • Flu-like symptoms – Yep
  • Fever  – some, not too bad
  • Fatigue  – definitely
  • Nausea – some
  • Vomiting – yep
  • Poor appetite – what appetite?
  • Skin rash – nothing yet
  • Low blood counts – don’t know
  • And yes the possibility of hair loss – not yet. Fingers crossed.

 Well, it turns out the worst of the symtoms, something called the Nadir period, occurs 10-14 days after treatment starts. Which she started 10 days ago, and she feels like complete dog crap right now. Semi good news though, is that most symptoms go away by around the 3 week point. Which is right before family gets here. So, hopefully she will be up and about again before anyone arrives. That’s the hope.

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