The Day After Chemo

Day 2.  I survived.  Better than that.  I feel pretty good, actually.  Thanks to the amazing new medical advances in antinausea medicine, I was able to keep the nausea under control and the bathrooms (almost) sparkling.  Your emails and comments kept me in good spirits, and my family kept me well-stocked in bottled water and giggles. 

Oh, and I ordered some hats for my soon-to-be-bald head.  I woke up this morning to find three hairs on my pillow, and freaked out — momentarily — but it’s undoubedly from the rapid weaning, not the chemotherapy!  What a funny convergence!

Onward!

33 Responses to The Day After Chemo

  1. spacemom says:

    That’s great news. I am glad that you are in such good spirits. Expect some up and down, but so far, things are looking up!

  2. Atta girl!! Keep on keeping on!

  3. Lil Liberal says:

    Yay! Milestone number one underway- one treatment down and under your belt. Hats are great- very cute.

    Water bottles, eh? How very marathon-runner-esque.

  4. Leann I Am says:

    Check that one off your list and keep on going! You’ll be done in NO TIME!

    Thanks for bringing us with you!

  5. Lynn says:

    It is so great to hear you being so upbeat. I’ve heard the anti-nausea meds have come a long way. Thank the Lord! Keep that positive attitude! You’re giving that bad, bad boobie the one-two punch!

  6. Ally says:

    Hooray for the meds! And the nearly-sparkling toilet! And your positive attitude! And exclamation points! Hooray for it all! 🙂

  7. Lisa says:

    Glad to hear! Keep on fightin’, you can do it!

  8. mo-wo says:

    Good to hear. Have a great weekend. Hugs to everyone.

    Do you like Miso soup? Recommended for hangovers and radiation sickness… Likely good for chemo days? And, share some yams with Little Bear. Best nutrition and tend to go down well anyway.

    We are teething along with you by the by…

  9. Angela says:

    They gave me five different meds for nausea to take. Three of which I have to take for three days and two more to add on as necessary. I’ll email you details.

  10. Amanda says:

    Bravo! Inspirational and real.

    We’re right her and there with you.

  11. margaret says:

    That’s great! Hats are great!

  12. Emily says:

    New hats. Excellent. I hope they have feathers and bows.

    Have you read the children’s book “Do You have a Hat”? Might be a good one to read to your kids right about now!

  13. mamatulip says:

    I’ve been thinking of you these last few days…keep on keepin’ on.

  14. Nancy says:

    Onward indeed. Glad you’re feeling OK.

  15. Whymommy, you’re a champ!! We’re so proud of you.

    I’m sure the hats are going to look fabulous…

  16. KDF says:

    Been blurking a bit since Mrs. Chicken linked to you a while back, but hadn’t commented yet as I felt like I was intruding… which I realize is just stupid.🙂

    You are wonderful, WhyMommy. For you to share these raw, intimate details as you begin the process of kicking this bastard’s butt is simply… breathtaking.

    Keep it going, lady. You’re awesome.

  17. Oh that is just so so great.
    Onward, definitely.

  18. Susan K says:

    You know, you might not actually lose your hair! I had a friend many, many years ago, diagnosed wiith breast cancer at the ripe old age of 25, who bought all these hats and wigs in anticipation of a hair loss that never happened. And my father-in-law underwent months of chemo for pancreatic cancer – never a bit a hair loss.

    So yes, those few hairs WERE from weaning!

    Glad to hear you felt better on day 2. Each day after will lbe better, and each ‘next chemo’ will be too.

    Thinking of you

  19. deb says:

    At least it’s summer, less hair will be cooler, right? Take care, I think of you often.

  20. christine says:

    onward indeed! i’m thinking of you. . .

  21. s@m says:

    Glad to hear you’re doing well! I’ve been thinking about you a lot!!

    Keep tough! You’re amazing!!

  22. Matt says:

    Sounds good. And good for you. Keep fighting. Just think, cancer woke up this morning and said, “What the hell was that? I feel like crap. And did you hear her? Hats! She’s buying hats. I think she’s serious about this.”

  23. KillerBoob says:

    i’ve been on vacation in turkey and haven’t had opportunities to follow as xclosely as usual. but i’m checking in now quickly to say i’m thinking of you and you sould like you’re doing great. i’m proud of you, you’re going to look great, hats, or no hats (you might find you sorta like bald, as i did!) keep up the good work!

  24. Trisha says:

    I’m so proud of you.

  25. Luther says:

    A family friend went through chemo a few years back and went totally nuts on hats and wigs. Each day was a new look, and let me tell you, she looked awesome.

  26. It must be a relief to have finally started the treatment. Just visualize those cancer cells dying off one by one. You are really fighting it now! Go for it!

  27. Joanna says:

    you go, lady! glad day 2 hasn’t been so bad – you are a fighter! buy yourself a cool hair wrap; i love those, hair or not! hugs from the midwest!

  28. R says:

    Hi there, whymommy, and thank you so much for commenting over at redsy so i could find you…

    i look forward to reading much more of you …

    are you going to blogher?

  29. kgirl says:

    Good stuff! How creative are you getting with the hats? I would probably just tie a scarf around my head and wait for people to start calling me ‘that insane gypsy.’

  30. whymommy says:

    Water bottles for the marathon that will be chemo for me (6 months) — check.

    Cute hats — all shapes and sizes! My favorite yet is a little red beret-looking number with a red white and blue grosgrain ribbon around it. Kind of perky, kind of kidd-y, but I like it. It makes me smile. Also, I bought matching baseball caps for Widget and me (blue) and Little Bear and me (white). (Target rocks.) And a pink crusher with an awareness ribbon on it. And a wide-brimmed khaki number that arrived from Canape. And I just discovered the coolest new head wraps from Buff that I’ll have to review over on my review blog soon. As soon as I lose my hair, actually, cause I don’t want to stretch them out before then!

    Who would have thought that accessories would have me looking forward to losing my hair? Not me!

    Other stuff — yes, the antinausea meds are nothing short of a miracle. Love them. I’m ok again today. Tired. So tired. And I can tell when they wear off. But ok until then.

    KDF — so glad you delurked! Everyone is welcome here, and every comment is appreciated. I can’t tell you how it lifts my spirits to see notes from friends — old, new, blog, kindergarten, and everyone in between. Come back anytime.

    Susan K – well, if I don’t lose my hair, I’m stuck with this funny short haircut! Wouldn’t that be funny?

    Redsy — thanks! Can’t go to BlogHer this year; I’m having my second chemo treatment the day before. I had to give away my pass and everything. But I’m hoping to see what this second life thing is all about and “listen in” that way. Will totally miss meeting you all.

  31. carosgram says:

    Arrived here via link at spacemom’s blog. Three breast cancer survivors at my school and all doing well. Have a male friend who is a survivor also. Don’t forget to get shoes and bags to go with the new hats.

  32. ~JJ! says:

    Awesome news!
    I’m happy to hear you’re feeling well…

    Get some funky hats too…for when you are feeling saucy!!!

    Now, you have to keep mentally kicking ass just as the chemo is medically kicking ass…

    hugs.

  33. whymommy says:

    Hmmm… shoes and bags! I’ve never been much for either, but turns out it’s never too late to learn. I did wear a mean scarf while pregnant (under the mistaken opinion that it would distract my male colleagues from my 4-months-pregnant belly — it didn’t — but it was fun!)

    I can feel the chemo fighting the cancer. At least, I can feel the cancer kicking back. Pains all day yesterday! Hurrah!

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