It's Spring today. My grass is turning green and little purple crocus' are stretching out of my tired and neglected flower beds. I just finished my eighth month of maintenance treatment. The last dose of Velcade and Dex were four days ago. It takes me so long to recover! I can get up make breakfast, straighten the house, get ready for the day and then I am completely exhausted.
March 22, 2010
Fatigue is a huge side effect of treatment. It is entirely different than being tired. I feel like I have been running a marathon, swimming the english channel or scaling the rocky cliffs of my "myeloma mountain." I wish I could just take a good long nap and wake up refreshed and ready to go for jog. Well I guess there are trade-offs. Things could be much worse. I have been fortunate to not have to deal too much with some much more unpleasant side effects such as nausea, or neuropathy. So I guess I am just learning to live with it.
Four more months of this treatment-if I can stand it! That's 16 rounds of chemo. Thirty two days of steriod. Probably one more IVIG infusion. And around a hundred and twenty lovenox-blood thinner shots. But who's counting.
p.s. my hair is growing and I actually used a blow dryer on it yesterday.