After three days of roids, I started chemotherapy treatment with R-CHOP (Rituximab, Cyclophosphamide, Vincristine, Doxorubicin). I was on my own when I started (Rituxi) mabs through a drip in my new Paris themed room #NijjarsInParis. (My husband loves that hashtag). I had an allergic reaction to Mabs, which involved heavy sweats, burning sensations in the stomach and the worst indigestion I’ve ever had. After scaring the sh*t out of my mum, bro and bestie Jenna, the doctor decided to take me off Mabs and immediately start with chemo. I can’t really remember much of having Mabs because I was out of it but you know that scene in The Exorcist when that creepy girl is going crazy when she’s strapped down to her bed….I imagine that’s what it must have looked like haha! Within the first few days of having chemo, the swelling of my stomach went down drastically, however, the fluids made my lower body very very swollen (I had the worst cankles you’ve ever seen!). This soon went away when I didn’t need as many liquids put into my drip.
The only way I can describe chemo is like having the worst hangover in the world…times a million! Every single day is different, with unpleasant side effects such as non-stop vomiting, headaches, tiredness, coughing, and in my case all of this has been worse due to suffering from a chest/throat infection. The fourth day of chemo was the worst, I vomited about 20 times. I sat on the toilet and thought ‘I might as well sleep in here’. I got myself upset but actually being sick off alcohol is way worse! It’s not nice, but it’s not the worst. I decided from the next day onwards that I would take my medicinal oil on a morning before chemo and at night before going to bed. That day I was only sick once.
Within the first few days I had my Hickman line put in, which made my life a hundred times easier. My arms were battered from nurses constantly taking blood samples and it got to the point where they couldn’t actually get any blood out. The Hickman line was put into the top right area of my chest. It allows the nurses to withdraw blood and insert drips without any further needles. If you need a Hickman Line putting in, it will seriously be your best friend!
Other side effects I have experienced in the first week of treatment is extreme fatigue/tiredness, dry hands, dry mouth/lips, migraines, high temperature, nose bleeds, loss of appetite and dizziness off the meds! All lovely stuff! If you’re anxious about the first week of chemo, don’t be, its manageable. Having said that I do think my magic oil has helped with dealing with the symptoms.