September 23, 2005
I’m feeling pretty much back to normal now. After the first chemo I was nauseous for about 4 days. I felt like I was about to throw up all the time and especially if I tried to eat. I lost about 8 pounds during those 4 days. About Monday my stomach began to return to normal and I have put 4 pounds back on since then. I’ve had a headache pretty much constantly since chemo. It’s not too bad but it’s a constant annoyance. My chest/lungs started hurting on about Saturday and still hurt now when I take a deep breath.
I read up about Bleomycin and it’s effects on your lungs. It causes lung damage and will cause oxygen toxicity problems which means that I can never scuba dive again as well as never being able to be put on oxygen in the hospital. This was quite the kick in the nards to me because I just got certified about 2 years ago and was really enjoying it. I was planning on diving in Hawaii in April. I try to keep my spirits up by saying that cancer is just a temporary thing and after 6 months I’ll be back to normal, but stuff like this drags me back down again. I realize that I’ll never be the same again and it’s a scary thought.
Written by Mike Cousins who lives and works in Calgary building useful things. You should follow him on Twitter