Sherryl is adjusting to the new chemotherapy and is noticing it is making her very tired. She's tired when she gets home from work, so she goes to bed and has had what she calls "one of those weird chemo sleeps," which she describes as just keeping her eyes closed even if she's awake. An appointment with Nancy last week revealed some reasons for this sleepiness.
Sherryl's white blood cell count is down from the chemo medication, plus anemia has surfaced again. There is a non-cancerous spot on the upper lobe of the right lung that, for some unknown reason, becomes inflamed from time to time resulting in a cough. Sherryl was prescribed a cough medicine to take at night as well as a very strong antibiotic. Unfortunately, antibiotics have always resulted in fatigue.
Sherryl also learned that her iron is low, so, rather than taking iron tablets, she'll look to iron-rich foods to increase the count.
Sherryl didn't expect to experience this fatigue, but was assured by Nancy that this is a common symptom for this course of treatment. As a result, the frequency for this chemotherapy has been changed to 3 weeks on and 1 week off. Sherryl is feeling a bit better as of this morning and is optimistic her energy will return in the next couple of days.
In an email from day care mom and friend, Michelle, Sherryl received the following photograph and thought how great it would be if little girls wore T-shirts like this one. Thank you, Michelle!