Leigh’s Journey With Bladder Cancer

So that is the first month of chemo out the way and now I have a rest period for nearly two weeks.

I received three quarters of the usual amount of chemo today because of the low blood platelets.

The chemo nurse explained that the low blood platelets are for clotting purposes, and I just have to take care not to cut or bash my body. Bruising of the skin is much easier with low platelet counts so I will be a fragile sensitive boy for a few weeks…..lol

Hopefully with this rest period my platelets can return back to normal levels before I start the next cycle of chemo. Otherwise it will be delayed until levels return to an acceptable point.

I feel really great at the moment and cannot complain about any adverse side effects. My chemo nurse explained that I should not be lulled into a false sense of security as the effects will increase each time.

Sometimes I feel a bit of a fake as I can function perfectly well and wish I could work as normal. My work environment would not be healthy for me though because my immune system will be lowered each time I have a chemo. I am then susceptible to pick up infections colds and flu’s very easily which can lead to something more serious like pneumonia.

My body weight has increased two kilo’s in a week so I will have to keep an eye on that. Appetite has not been an issue with the treatment and if anything the urges to eat have increased which is great.

The battle goes on….     

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