Today Alexis spent a good portion of her day fighting nausea, a metallic taste in her mouth, loss of appetite, & fatigue. When she arrived at Huntsman this afternoon to visit Dr. Glenn the doctor was worried about her vital signs, particularly her low blood pressure. They changed a few medications and added a couple new ones. After about an hour they released her to go home, and she reported feeling better then she had all day. Hopefully this will improve the rest of her weekend and week as well. It is a good start!
Approximately 24 hours after each chemotherapy treatment Alexis will receive an injection of Neulasta. She needs this medication because chemotherapy's job is to kill all the fast producing cells (like cancer cells, hair cells, white blood cells, etc.). So this Neulasta is given to help produce new, healthy white blood cells, which will consequently help reduce Alexis' risk of infection. The side effect they talked to Alexis about is a feeling of soreness in her bones, because it is in the bone marrow that white blood cells are produced. She can expect this soreness to start tonight and into tomorrow, according to the medical staff.
Alexis continues to be strong through every symptom, every hour. We talked a little about fatigue today. It made me think about how we have all experienced times in our lives when we are completely exhausted. When we are "running fumes." It is a physical battle to keep moving, keep functioning. With cancer, Alexis not only is exhausted from not being able to sleep, but her body is working all the time to get rid of this intruder. It not only tries on her physical energy, but her mental energy as well. I imagine it is level of fatigue you have to experience to fully understand how extensive it is. Fatigue wears on our ability to function, to think, to be patient, to feel, to know what to say, do, or feel. It is an all encompassing challenge. Alexis continues to handle all that this cancer brings her way, including her fatigue. I (like many of you) am amazed at how she pushes through each and every little battle in this war. That smile we all love persists!