01 January 2009


I totally missed New Year's Day

The main side effect of my current cancer drug, cediranib, is intestinal. I have to go to the bathroom a lot. Sometimes a whole lot. The last two nights, it's been at least once an hour, sometimes more, all night long. On the night of December 30, I didn't sleep at all between midnight and 4 a.m. because of it.

Last night, New Year's Eve, was even worse. I slept a little, intermittently, through the night, but I woke up frequently and rushed to the toilet, well over a dozen times. Between 7 and 8 a.m. alone, that happened six times. Afterwards, things settled down somewhat and I was able to sleep.

And sleep, and sleep. I woke up around noon to eat something, then again at 5 p.m., but otherwise I have been in bed all day. My butt is sore from the night. Now I'm watching SpongeBob SquarePants. So far this is the worst day of side effects since I started this treatment in November. Most days haven't been anything like this, so I hope tonight and tomorrow are much better.

I still prefer this to the nausea, pain, and morphine dependency I've suffered before—I think. Maybe this means the drug is doing something. I hope so. And I hope January 2 is an improvement.

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Sometimes what I found was, emotionally fraught days cranked up the sideeffects of the chemo. I hope that was the case for you for that one day and that the rest of your course of treatment is an improvement.
Spongebob makes everything better! Wishing you much improved health this new year.
You write really well. Perfect punctuation and grammar, which is a rarity in the world of AIM sp34k.
Well, it is my job.
If it helps, I slept through New Years as well. Though it had more to do with beer and miracle berries.