Chemo Round #7

Today is day four of my seventh round of chemo and I have been feeling SOOO much better than my last round.  I feel as I did the first few rounds – very tired (have been sleeping about 12 hours a day), nauseous in the mornings, and stomach upset/cramps.  I can handle all of this just fine, and I have still been able to get out a few times this week, which makes me feel so much better.  I am very happy and relieved that all the horrible things I felt last month have not come back.

There are two things that I have started doing this month that may be helping me feel better.  Firstly, I have been taking a live probiotic twice a day for three weeks.  This was recommended by my naturopath and even when I wasn’t on chemo I noticed a difference.  It aids in digestion and helps detoxify your body on a daily basis.  I think this, combined with drinking lemon water overnight and in the morning has helped to lessen the stomach upset, cramping and general feeling of unwell and maybe even has helped eliminate the “brain fog” I experienced on every round of chemo up until now.  Secondly, I had my first acupuncture treatment yesterday.  This was preformed at my naturopaths office and was quite an interesting experience.  Has anyone else had acupuncture done?  What did you find?  It hurt MUCH less than I was expecting it to.  It simply felt like someone just gently flicked my skin each time a needle went in and I could only feel a couple of them once they were inserted.  I had about 20 needles down my shoulders and back, one in each of my ankles, and one in each of my wrists (those were the only two I could feel once inserted).  She did not leave the needles in for very long (maybe 10-15 minutes) as it was my first treatment.  When I went to get up after the treatment I felt totally mixed up, but in a good way.  I felt as if my energy flow and/or circulation was moving in a totally different direction than it normally would.  It took me awhile to come back to and be able to function normally.  For the remainder of the day I felt very refreshed, but drained.  I know this probably makes no sense, but I take this as a good sign meaning that there was a “shift” inside me and she got my energy flowing again and working as effectively as possible.  I see my Naturopath again on Wednesday so I look forward to talking more with her about this.

Thank you all for your prayers, positive wishes and support.  I think these also helped me to feel much better this round.  I am off to start packing for my family’s annual vacation on Georgian Bay now.  I am so happy I feel well and am going to be able to enjoy the time there with everyone!  Thank you and I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend : )


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Valerie Allen
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 12:45:41

    I am so VERY GLAD to hear that this round of chemo is going much, much better. You are such a strong person Lynsey.


  2. Rosemary
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 13:31:54

    That’s great news…glad you’re able to head away to Georgian Bay! I’ve had lots of acupuncture in the past and have found it to be very helpful for most things. It seemed to depend on the problem or area they were working on. Let’s hope that it helps you feel better. Enjoy the beach!


  3. Wendy Cudmore
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 14:02:39

    Yahooo!!! I love reading your blog…..fills me with so much inspiration and hope for you. Love it!!! I’m so glad you’re having a good response from your naturopath. Like I mentioned before, I also see Heidi McGill (as well as Kathleen Westlake at the same clinic) and both are amazing!!! It really is amazing how something as simple as a probiotic can make such a difference. I’ve taken one for a number of years now and ….wow….amazing! The acupuncture works well for me too! A neat experience for sure…,nope, no pain…just a little tap and then you lay there a relax and then that’s that. Yes, I do find I’m a little “stupid” after I’m done but…yes…in a good way. I find the rest of that day and even into the next day I’m tired but after that…I’m good to go. Rest assured you are in very very good hands at that clinic. Have a great time in Georgian Bay!


  4. Marisa Phillips
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 14:35:11

    Hi Lindsey – so good to hear that you are doing better this time around with your treatment. Have a wonderful time in Georgian Bay — so beautiful up there. Hope to see you and your mom soon as I start vacation after today.


  5. Robin Smart
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 16:08:41

    Hi Lynsey,
    So glad to hear of your sucessful interventions. When I was at my wits end I did have acupuncture, on my wrist. This was after months of pain (major soft tissue damage), misery and non- functioning. It was an absoulute cure after 3 or 4 sessions. It was not painful at all.
    Being in Georgian Bay should be healing too.
    Enjoy indeed.


  6. lynsthefirecracker
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 16:40:22

    I am glad that others had good experiences with acupuncture as well! Wendy, it was Kathleen that did the acupuncture on me and she was wonderful! What a great place. Thanks everyone for the warm wishes : )


  7. Facing Cancer (@cancer2gether)
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 21:10:17

    So glad to hear the chemo was easier this round. You must be relieved! As for acupuncture, I had it done from diagnoses through treatment (and would have continued afterward except that I moved away from my TCM practitioner). . . well, actually, I had acupressure. Unlike you, I couldn’t cope with the needles and the stress was too much. So we switch to pressure points with her fingers. I’ve heard acupuncture is better, but personally think acupressure is a great alternative.



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