Started chemo again last night, counts were good and side effects tolerable enough that we’re doing full strength again this time. 2000 mg Xeloda twice a day for 7 days, then 7 days off. The side effects are usually worst on days 4/5 through 9/10. Fatigue, stomach pain, GI upset, nausea, loss of appetite are the worst. Hand and foot syndrome is to come but haven’t had problems yet.
My potassium is low this week and my dad had a great suggestion for this (especially when eating is difficult). Low sodium V8 is packed with potassium. It has twice as much as regular V8. If anyone out there needs a good source, the low sodium stuff is it!
I’ve given up nailbiting and am shocked that this was the month I was able to do it.
I’ll be back at Sloan Kettering in a few days… and hopefully soon will be able to write more creatively again beyond these boring treatment updates. I know so many of you aren’t sure whether to contact me or leave me alone, but I hope these updates at least let you know the basics. It also always lets me thank everyone for the many ways you are helping me right now.