lördag 21 juli 2018

Chemo day 1 and 2

So today I started chemo.

Part of a series:
Another reminder of mortality
Day 4 - Tumor in my liver
First week - tumor in my liver
Second week - tumor in my liver
Third week with liver cancer
Liver cancer, surgery
6 weeks post-op, news time
Cancer update
Liver cancer, Post-op 2
June Update 2018

The plan is to eat 6 pills morning and 6 in the evening for 14 days and then resting for 7. For 8 cycles. So 3 weeks times 8 cycles, should be done some time in January 2019...

Medicine: Capecitabine Accord and Orion
Expected side effects: dry hands and feet, nausea and possibly a fked up stomach.
Possible but not expected side effects: extreme pain caused by my body not being able to break down the active component in the medicine.
Worst case: heart attack
So, the next 72 hours should weed out the extreme pain and heart attack... Wish me luck!
Side effects so far: dry lips....
Training: should do it, should help with the side effects as well.... My plan is to take a short cycle ride this evening, first one since the second surgery.. 8 weeks ago?

Day 2

So far so good, took a bike ride yesterday evening when it started to cool a little, we are having the hottest summer in forever here in Sweden. Short ride, just to get out on the road again. 
Felt really good, but my pulse was through the roof, red-zoning even though it was a 'relaxed' evening ride. But I guess that has to do with the fact that my blood values are still very low.. I had 150 in January before the first surgery, now I had 107.. Still better then directly after the surgery (94 one week after) but not even close to where I would like to be. But I guess it will get there with time.

So far no real side effects, so maybe I'm not in the worst case group : )

Why I am writing this? Not to feel sorry for myself, but as a way to handle the situation and hopefully someone else out there in a similar situation can find this helpful as well. The human body is strong and hopefully I'll come out of this stronger as well. Plan for the worst and hope for the best!

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